Once again, the Capital was abuzz with the ceremony of paying tribute to a great legend.
The 44th edition of the festival, Sabrang Utsav, paid tribute to the Indian classical singer of the Dhrupad genre—Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar. Every year the festival is dedicated to eminent personalities.
Founded by Vidushi Malti Gilani of the Patiala Kasur gharana, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Yadgar Sabha followed by Sabrang Utasv aims to promote Indian classical music with an effort to keep the music and memory alive.
‘Since 1968, we are promoting and encouraging traditional music to a great extent through this festival’ said Vidushi Malti Gilani, veteran vocalist and a disciple of Bade Gulam Ali Khan.
‘For the past few years, I am connected with this festival and feel great that in this modern era we are honoring our elders,’ said LK Pandit, Hindustani vocalist.
The festival opened with performances by the grandsons of Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar—Ustad Mazhar and Ustad Jawad Ali Khan—who performed a Hindustani vocal duet.
This was followed by vocal recitaols by Vidushi Malti Gilani and LK Pandit.
A film based on Ustad Fahimudddin Dagar was also screened. It highlighted the moments and experiences related to the guru shishya parampara [the teacher-disciple tradition] and was directed by Uma Vasudev.‘Ustad Dagar’s unique tone of Dhrupad gharana brings back the rich repertoire of compositions of the earlier centuries,’ said Gilani.