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Artistes to teach, not perform

Artistes to teach,  not perform
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India Habitat Centre in collaboration with SIET and SAKSHI is organising Sound Of Music – a workshop. It will be an introduction to musical instruments of India. Recognition, cognition and appreciation of instrumental music with eminent and world acclaimed musicians is a rare chance that one gets. The program aims to create awareness and to bring back the charisma of Indian classical music among the educated, urban middle class youth, who know very little about the depths and intricacies of Indian Classical Music or the instruments used therein. The artistes too need a broader visibility and deserve to be acclaimed by the many that have not had an easy opportunity to enjoy such arts.

One can learn about wind instruments like flute, shehnai, nagaswaram, clarionet, saxophone, plucked string instruments like sitar, santoor, sarangi, sarod; bowed instruments like violin, dilruba, esraj, cello;  and percussion instruments such as drums, tabla, manjira and many more. What more, one gets to learn from eminent people like Sudeep Rai, Shakeel Ahmed, Pt. Ajay Prasanna, Ghulam Ali,  Ustad Rafiuddin Sabri, Anees Ahmed, Ustad Aleem Khan, Chandrima Majumdar and Abhay Rustum Sopori. Quite a number of names, aren’t they? Well, they aren’t just names but people who excel in their fields. 

Rai is one of the leading instrumentalist of India a disciple of sitar maestro Padmabhushan Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, He has been acknowledged by connoisseurs as a worthy successor to his Guru’s tradition. Rai’s style resonates with maturity that is far beyond his years. In an era where fusion and new age music dominate the current Indian music scenario, Ahmed, is a rare performer who continues to excel and please the connoisseur with his impeccably rendered  traditional puritan raga based gayaki. Born and brought up in a traditional musical, gharana family of Delhi, Ahmed was immersed in the musical arts from his birth and is the beneficiary of gurus who hail from the Delhi gharana and are the repository of centuries of grooming, training and research in the journey of Hindustani classical music whose origin is believed to be from the Samvedas. Ajay Prasanna hails from a family of classical musicians.

He received his training in flute from his father- Guru Pt. Bholanath Prasanna from the Banaras Gharana, who is also the Guru of Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Prasanna started his training in Indian classical music at a tender age of 3 years, by simply observing his father play the flute and teach his students. A rare combination of innovator and traditionalist, Prasanna is currently a top grade classical artiste at the All India Radio, the national broadcaster. Sonipat Agra Gharana (Sarangi) Ghulam Ali is the doyan and torchbear of Agra Sonipat Gharana which has perfected Sarangi playing.

Ghulam Ali is the son of the celebrated Musician Ustad Tajuddin Khan Sahab. He learnt to play the Sarangi from Ustad Wazir Hussain Khan of Sonipat-Agra Gharana, where he also learnt the gayaki of Agra gharana. We can go on telling you about these artistes, but we cannot teach you what they’d do when you go and meet them!


When and Where: 23 June to 26 June 2014 at Amaltas Auditorium,
30 June 2014 at Stein Auditorium in the Indian Habitat Centre from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
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