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Gundecha Brothers: Famous Indian music gurus accused of sexual assault

Her discomfort and nervousness is สมัครสล็อตxo palpable, even across the Zoom screen. Monica's name has been changed
to protect her identity because she fears reprisal. But she is keen to share her story.

She alleges that she was raped by the late Ramakant Gundecha, a famous classical Indian musician, while she was
a student at his school, Dhrupad Sansthan, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

Gundecha died in November 2019 but he and his brothers, Umakant and Akhilesh, have since been accused of sexual
harassment and assault by female students of the music school. Over the course of a three-month investigation,
the BBC has heard multiple allegations against all three Gundecha brothers. Umakant and Akhilesh deny
the allegations.

Ramakant was and Umakant still is a famous exponent of Dhrupad, one of the oldest genres of Hindustani music,
while Akhilesh is a percussionist. In 2012, Ramakant and Umakant received the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest
civilian award for their contribution to music.

Dhrupad Sansthan, the prestigious school they founded and taught at, has attracted hundreds of students, foreign
and Indian, from across the globe. It claims to have accreditation from Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage
Committee. But the Unesco told the BBC that it had no links to the school and said it will be sending a 'cease and
desist' notice demanding the withdrawal of such claims.

The allegations against the brothers have sent shockwaves through the classical music world, where they enjoy fame
and status. The allegations have also shone a spotlight on an ancient tradition, the guru-shishya parampara -
an informal contract by which the student is usually expected to completely surrender to the will of the teacher.

Allegations against the the three brothers range from sharing flirtatious and sexually suggestive messages to
exposing themselves during class to molestation and, in the case of Ramakant, even rape.
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