Carrying forward the legacy of music
Music is not only a performing art but also a healer to the mind. Even the rains on Monday could not stop music enthusiasts from attending a melodious and happening Tabla solo performance by Shariq Mustafa and a Flute recital by Debopriya Chatterjee at the Ustad Ahmad Jan Thirakwa Music Festival 2016 at the India Habitat Centre.
Shariq Mustafa was accompanied by Ahsan Ali Khan playing Sarangi. The duo took the audience to a beautiful musical journey as they applauded every time Shariq, the grandson of Ustad Ahmad Jan Thirakwa, completed playing the baaj style of a gharana.
He displayed a total of six gharanas of Tabla- Delhi, Lucknow, Farukhabad, Ajrara, Punjab and Benaras. The performance ended with a standing ovation from the smiling audience present at the auditorium.
The following performance was supposed to be a Flute recital by Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia accompanied by Ustad Rashid Mustafa Thirakwa on Tabla and Debopriya Chatterjee on Flute, but owing to ill health the maestro could not make it to the show.
Therefore, to keep the show going, his senior disciple Debopriya Chatterjee performed the Flute recital with Ustad Rashid Mustafa Thirakwa on Tabla. The soothing tunes had the audience in rapt attention and they all graciously applauded post her performance.