There are four basic Dhrupad styles (bani) still in use today.
Dagarbani: Braj Chand, the patron of this bani, was from Dagar. This bani focuses on delicately executed curvilinear meends with gamaks. It is known for correct intonation, simplicity, purity, and structure.
Goharbani: Mian Tansen, the patron of this bani, was a Gaud Brahmin. Thus, the bani came to be known as Gaudiya or Goharbani. This bani is characterized by long, smooth, and straight meends. Its tempo is slow and often renders the feelings of relaxation, peace, and divine pleasure.
Khandaharbani: Maharaja Samokhan Singh, the famous Beenkar, belonged to Khandar. This bani is rich in variety. This music is very majestic, ornamental (with heavy and vigorous gamak) and Earthy.
Nauharbani: Rajput Sri Chand, the patron of this bani, was from Nauhar. This bani is characterized by fast, jerky passages employing a variety of gamaks. The element of surprise is present with each of its movements. Dhammars are common in this bani.