Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar represents the musical tradition of a family that is believed to have preserved and nurtured Dhrupad music for the last 20 unbroken generations.
He was born in Udaipur, Rajasthan - India, where his father Ustad Ziauddin Khan Dagar was the court musician of Maharana Bhupal Singh of Udaipur.
He was taught vocal and instrumental music (veena & sitar) by his father and later by his elder brother, Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar.
Along with his elder brother, Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, for 25 years he taught Dhrupad at the Dhrupad Kendra in Bhopal, India.
Ustad is responsible to a great extent for popularising Dhrupad music by his numerous concerts and workshops. He has traveled and performed widely in India and abroad. In recognition of his immense contribution to the classical music of India, Ustad has been bestowed with many prestigious awards.
He had a remarkable command over microtones (swara-bheda) and various gamakas, and is noted for his gradual development of alap through vilambit, madhya and drut laya (slow, medium and fast tempo). He was one of very few persons to be able to demonstrate all the five geetis mentioned in the Sangita Ratnakara namely, Shuddha, Bhinna, Gaudi, Sadharani(which is dagarwani of today) & Vegasura(which is popular in south India).
Ustad has produced many remarkable musicians such as Pt.Ritwik Sanyal, Pt.Pushparaj Koshti, Pt.Nirmalya Dey, the Gundecha Brothers, Pt.Uday Bhawalkar, Yvan Trunzler, his nephew Ust.Bahauddin Dagar and many others. He was generously sharing all the depth, wisdom and endless beauty of Dhrupad with everyone patient enough to learn it.