Khan Sahab Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan, the sitar legend passed away in the year 1989 at the age of 79. During his lifetime, he had tried to maintain a tradition of Indian classical music and never compromised with his tradition for mere public applause.
To propagate his ideals and his music, the UMAK Centre for Culture was registered in the year 1993. The Centre hopes that the abiding values which Ustad Mushtak Ali Khan so assiduously believed in, might be assimilated and be of benefit to the future generation, desirous of learning music and playing it with restraint and purity. In 1994, the Centre released a book entitled Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan and Indian Music. This was released by Pandit Bhim Sen Joshi and published by Har Anand Publications.
Celebrating the 102nd birth anniversary of the maestro, UMAK is organising a two day music festival in the Capital. Spread over 1 and 2 September in India Habitat Centre the festival will witness some spell-binding performances by Prateek Chaudhuri and Hari Prasad Chaurasia.
Chaudhuri is the son of Padmabhushan awardee Debu Chaudhuri and he has had the great fortune to learn from his Dadaguru (father’s guru), Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan Sahab, the great legend of the Senia tradition, which has been named after Mian Tansen, the doyen of Indian classical music.
Tansen is often called the father of Indian classical music and those who belong to his family and follow his tradition are called Senia. Chaudhuri is the automatic successor to this rare Senia tradition of the great Indian Classical music, having a unique tradition of playing the Sitar not only with the traditional and rare 17 frets ( instead of 19, 20 or 21 frets, found at present), but also having a unique string arrangement of its own.
The first day of the festival will be held at The Amaltas at IHC from 7 pm onwards and will treat music lovers with a performance by students of Debu Chaudhuri in Raga Bisweswari along with a vocal recital by Mahendra Toke. 2 September will see the action shifting to the Stein Auditorium at IHC, Chaudhuri will be performing alongside Ram Kumar Mishra on the table. That will be followed by a flute recital by Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia who will be accompanied by Akram Khan on the tabla. Don’t miss this one music lovers!