A way to respond to a raag being sung or played in Dhrupad technique is to listen to the particular silence the concert gives rise to. Different raags create different kinds of silences. Almost like how silences in different spaces are naturally different from each other—silence in a house is different from silence on an abandoned path. Like the two sides of a coin, Dhrupad is made up of tone and silence.
—Mani Kaul, “The Rambling Figure”
Institut français, London: April 1999