Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are India's leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are among the most active performers of Dhrupad in Indian and international circuits. Born in Ujjain in Central India, both were initiated into music by their parents.
Gundecha Brothers received conventional university education and learned the Dhrupad vocal art under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and also with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of Rudra-Vina) in Dhrupad Kendra, Bhopal.
The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry by Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, Nirala in Dhrupad style. They have recorded more than 40 CDs by reputed record companies, like H.M.V, Music Today, Rhythm House, Senseworld Music, Sundaram Records, IPPNW Concerts Berlin, Navras and Audio Rec. London.
They have also sung for many television channels in India and have been broadcasted on British, U.S., German and French, Japan and Australian Radio as well. As well as being an integral part of all of India's prestigious music festivals, the Gundecha Brothers have also performed at many important international music festivals and institutions in about 25 countries in Europe, U.S.A, Australia, Japan, Egypt, Singapore, Bangladesh, U.A.E and Hongkong.
Winners of national and international awards:
• Sanskriti Award (1994)
• Kumar Gandharva Award (1998)
• Dagar Gharana Award (2001)
• Best Music Direction: Rajat Kamal - National Film Award for (2006)