Dhrupad is the most ancient of
Hindustani classical music
styles. It is a compositional form having its padas or words in a well-knit and definite structure. The heyday of the Dhrupad form of music was the times of the great
. Starting around the 15th century, the Dhrupad style of music spread all over North India. By the 17th century, Dhrupad came to represent Hindustani classical music.