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SANTOOR MAESTRO Abhay Sopori will perform at IHC.Indian classical music lost its voice with the demise of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi this year. And if the music industry was still reeling under the shock, ghazal lovers lost the melodious strains of Jagjit Singh, and further more singers like Ustad Sultan Khan, best known for all time hits like Piya Basanti and Albela Sajan Aayo Re.

This loss was followed by the demise of rudra veena exponent Ustad Asad Ali Khan, harmonium maestro Ustad Mehmood Dhaulpuri, sitar maestro Pandit Uma Shankar Mishra and shehnai master Pandit Anant Lal.

In order to pay tribute to these legends, ‘Saal Naya, Sur Naya,’ a classical music programme will be performed by India Habitat Center (IHC). The afternoon will be dedicated to all the legendary artistes who left behind a legacy of their artistic creations to be remembered. IHC will bring together artistes of the younger generation who are keeping the traditions alive of their gharanas and paramparas. The musical event will take place on January 1, 2012 at Stein Auditorium, IHC, 3 pm onwards.

“It is for the first time that we have organised an event with this theme. There will be performers from almost all streams of Indian classical music,” says Shadab organiser at IHC.

Grandsons of Pandit Anant Lal will be opening the concert with a shehnai recital, followed by Shrinivas Joshi, son of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi of kirana gharana. Murad Ali, torch bearer of the muradabad gharana will be on sarangi. Abhay Sopori who represents the ninth generation of musicians of the sufiyana gharana of Kashmir will be on santoor. The performers will be accompnied by  Durjay Bhaumik, Vinod Lele and Aman Ali (tabla), Vinay Mishra (harmonium), PraveenSethi (pakhawaj) and Anand Shankar (dukkad).

Murad Ali, sarangi player says, “I will dedicate my first performence of the year to my grandfather, Ustad Sultan Khan and all those stalwarts from the field of music, who have left behind their ardent listeners.”

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