On the auspicious occasion of Maha Shiv Ratri witnessed an musical treat. The 51st Mahashivratri Sangeet Sammelan 2015 saw the performance by santoor maestro and music composer Abhay Rustum Sopori. He was accompanied by Ustad Rafiuddin Sabri. The event further was carried by Pt Salil Bhatt on Satwik Veena and Ustad Akram Khan on Tabla.
The sammelan was held at Azad Bhawan Auditorium, ICCR on February 17. Abhay Rustum Sopori is the youngest Santoor maestro and the youngest classical musicianto compose and conduct orchestras and folk ensembles. He has also been the youngest recipient of all the awards that he has received. Abhay was born in Srinagar and inherited a profound sense of music from his fabled Sufiana Gharana of Kashmir – the exclusive traditional Santoor family – with its roots spanning nine generations over more than 300 years. Abhay continues to innovate and experiment with the Santoor further extending its dimension. In keeping with his lineage he has established the concept of Gayan-Vadan Baaj in the Indian classical system and introduced the Open String Concept on the Santoor together with the Enhanced Sustain Technique.
He has revived the old Sufiana Tarana compositions of his predecessors and adopted them in the Indian Classical scenario and also composed and introduced new Khayal compositions based on Sufi Saints of Kashmir.