Dhruv Bedi

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Dhruv Bedi is an Indian classical Sitar player who performs Hindustani Classical Music.[1] Dhruv belongs to the Imdadkhani gharana of Sitar.[2] Dhruv is the disciple of Padma Bhushan Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee[3][4][1][5] in the guru-shishya tradition.[3][6][7] Dhruv also plays the Surbahar.[3]

Early life[edit]

Dhruv began his training at the age of 4 under his father Jagdeep Singh Bedi[8][9][10][11][5] who is also a Sitar and Surbahar exponent.


Dhruv has performed in various prestigious festivals and music conferences like the Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Sangeet Samaroh,[1] Pracheen Kala Kendra Vocal and Sitar festival “Legends of Tomorrow”,[12] [11][5] Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan,[2][13] Tatarstan Ethnic Festival,[14] Asian Music Conference in South Korea,[6] Udaipur World Music Festival,[15][16][17] Delhi Jazz Festival,[18] Arohi music festival [19] and Silk Route Festival.[6]

He has also performed abroad extensively in countries like Russia,[6] South Korea,[6] Azerbaijan [6] and other countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and Mauritius.[7]

He has given performances for various heads of state[20] including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,[21] Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President of France Emmanuel Macron at the International Solar Alliance Summit. [22]

He has performed at the National Programme of Music of DD National[23] and has played for All India Radio.[6] He has also performed in SPIC MACAY concert series in Ujjain and Gujrat.[24][25]

Dhruv is one of the very few Sitar players to play Tappa on Sitar.[4][1][5][26]

Awards & Honors[edit]

Dhruv was awarded the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar by Sangeet Natak Akademi in the category Hindustani Instrumental Music - Sitar for the year 2018.[27]

Dhruv was awarded the prestigious National Scholarship under Cultural Talent Search Scholarship scheme by Centre for Cultural Resources and Training in the field of Hindustani Music.[6]

Dhruv is an "A Grade" artist of All India Radio[7] and is empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.[28]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sinha, Manjari (2016-08-25). "A melodious tribute". The Hindu.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kapoor, Jaskiran (2011-11-05). "Vocal Chords". The Indian Express.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Punjab's music legacy: Sitar rules his mind & soul". The Tribune. 2017-06-25.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ray Chowdhury, Tathagata (2015-05-23). "I have never begged anyone for concerts: Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee". Times of India.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Sharma, SD (2016-10-17). "Three days, six artistes, art lovers soak in ragas". The Tribune.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 "Sarod Recital by DhruvBedi". 2014-12-04.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "हिंदुस्तानी शास्त्रीय संगीत में गुरू शिष्य परंपरा है महत्वपूर्ण: ध्रुव बेदी". Prabhasakshi Hindi. 2017-09-14.
  8. "Jagdeep Singh Bedi ‎– Soft & True". Discogs. 1994.
  9. "Soft & True: Sitar & Surbahar". Amazon.com. 1994.
  10. Adak, Baishali (2012-04-12). "Rare instruments brought to fore again". Deccan Herald.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Scintillating Vocal and Sitar leaves the audience spell bound on concluding day of Three day Vocal and Sitar Festival of Pracheen Kala Kendra". News 'n' Sahit. 2016-10-16.
  12. Sharma, SD (2016-10-14). "Classical Treat". The Tribune.
  13. "Druv Bedi". Times Content. 2011-11-04.
  14. "Zee News". 2014-08-22.
  15. "Udaipur World Music Festival". 2018-02-11.
  16. Iyer Ramani, Hema (2018-02-13). "The magic of sounds at Udaipur World Music Festival".
  17. Khanna, Shailaja (2018-02-02). "Udaipur World Music Festival: A musical extravaganza". The Hindu.
  18. HEMANT, ABHISHEK (2011-04-13). "Sea of GenY surprises many at the Jazz Fest". The Asian Age.
  19. "Mumbai 360: The go and do handbook in the city". 2016-05-20.
  20. Khanna, Shailaja (2018-07-06). "Soaring start". The Hindu.
  21. Khanna, Shailaja (2017-04-14). "When Sheikh Hasina grew nostalgic". The Hindu.
  22. "Dhruv Bedi's melodious musical extravaganza". Hindu College Old Students Association. 2018-04-06.
  23. National, Doordarshan (2017-12-08). "Must watch #NationalProgrammeOfMusic –Hindustani Classical #Sitar by Dhruv Bedi - Saturday morning at 8 am on @DDNationalpic.twitter.com/VwZB5ncT0r". @DDNational. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  24. "सितार वादक ध्रुव ने छेड़ा राग अहीर भैरव / सितार वादक ध्रुव ने छेड़ा राग अहीर भैरव". Dainik bhaskar. 2018-12-15.
  25. "सितार पर ध्रुव की राग देश में वंदेमातरम् प्रस्तुति, बच्चों को संगीत भी सिखाया / सितार पर ध्रुव की राग देश में वंदेमातरम् प्रस्तुति, बच्चों को संगीत भी सिखाया". Dainik bhaskar. 2018-12-12.
  26. Bandara Gamage, Harsha (2018). "Usage of Sitar" (PDF). Research Discourse.
  27. "Announcement of Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the Year 2018" (PDF).


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