Until recently Dhrupad was played and sung mostly by men. Marianne Svašek and Céline Wadier are among the few women who practice Dhrupad.
Marianne Svašek studied Indian classical singing at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Uday Bhawalkar. Since 1994 she has continued studying in India with Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar.
Céline Wadier studied Indian classical singing at the Rotterdam Conservatory, Codarts, with Marianne Svašek. Since 2007 studied with Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar.
Together they form ‘Women in Dhrupad’