Maestros enthrall Delhiites with 'music of the monsoon'
In this Monsoon season Ustad Nishat Khan of the Seniya Gharana, with the tunes of Malhar, soaked the mind of the audience and forced them to stuck. Ustad Nishat Khan was presenting himself in the program 'The Music of the monsoon – the magic of Malhar' centered on Monsoon season in the fifth 'Purnima Concert' organized by Indira Gandhi National Center for Art (IGNCA). Youth Tabla player Ustad Amjad Khan was giving him accompaniment on tabla.
IGNCA has been organizing music concert every month on the occasion of 'Purnima' (full moon), which was started by the singing program of Bombay Jayshree on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Manjusha atil, Pandit Ronu Majumdar, Jayanti Kumaresh, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Artists like Pandit Sugata Nag, Samarjit Kumarasen have also given their musical presentations.
Ustad Nishat Khan during his presentation said, "I look forward to this season so that I can play Malhar during this season. I am thankful to IGNCA as they called me for sitar playing in this program centered on monsoon and malhar." In his presentation, Ustad Nishat Khan spelled the audience for about an hour. At the end, he concluded the event by raag bhatiyali.
In the beginning of the program, well-known art critic Shailza Khanna enlightened the audience about 'The Music of the monsoon – the magic of Malhar'.
"Today this festival is centered on the Malhar raga played in the rainy season. The period of rainy season stays only for 40-45 days. In this way, it is also the best time to play the songs like Malhar."
On behalf of the Center Member secretary Dr Sachchidanand Joshi honored Ustad Nishat Khan and Ustad Amjad Khan.
In addition to the young artists as well as the list of senior artists and artists of the country, the list also had prominent names like Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Ind u Sharma, Adnan Khan, Dr. Shyam Rastogi.