Although the Dagar family remain the most brilliant performers of dhrupad, the purest and most austere form of Indian classical music (it dates back to the 15th century), over the last decade or so brothers Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha (pictured) have been contenders. (Here’s a link to a Critic’s Choice I wrote for a 1999 show.) They play tonight, with Chicago’s own acclaimed Indian dance troupe Kalapriya, at International House on the campus of University of Chicago.

Today’s playlist:

Stanley Turrentine, A Bluish Bag (Blue Note)
Tom Verlaine, Warm and Cool (Thrill Jockey)
Morris On, Morris On (Fledg’ling)
Ludvig Berghe Trio, Vol. IV: 48 and Counting (Moserobie)
Roy Orbison, Sings Lonely and Blue (Monument/Legacy)