A musical tribute

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A musical tribute

Classical music aficionados of Delhi have been waiting so long for their own Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan to celebrate 50 years in Indian classical vocal. The Sursagar Society of Delhi Gharana marked this memorable occasion by organising a concert at the Kamani Auditorium.

The performances by Ustad Nishat Khan and Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt were a tribute of sorts. The accompanists were Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra, Murad Ali, Akbar Latif Khan, Kareem Niyazi, Farid Hassan and Anees Ahmed Khan, among others.

 The programme began with a sitar recital by Ustad Nishat Khan who picked a rare raaga – Saazgiri. A documentary on Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan’s life included excerpts from his seniors and contemporaries. It also featured rare photographs of him as a child. The documentary was a rewarding insight into the great man’s life.

Ustad Iqbal was felicitated by luminaries like LK Pandit, Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan, Vidushi Prabha Atre and Vidushi Krishna Bisht.

The highlight was Ustad Iqbal’s rendition of an unheard raag – Chand Kalyan – in memory of his Guru Ustad Chand Khan. The recital had Ram Kumar Mishra’s on the tabla, and Murad Ali on the sarangi.

 Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s solo recital (Maru Bihag) and jugalbandi along with Ustad Iqbal cast a spell on the large audience. The alaap in Bageshree was followed by a composition in Drut Ek Taal, Apni Garaj Pakad Leeni Baiyaan and a Holi in Bhairavi set to Teen Taal, Na Maaro Bhar Pichkaari.

 The jugalbandi displayed their mastery over their styles, and their camaraderie.
Vusat Iqbal, daughter of Ustad Iqbal, said, “Though he is my father, I sometimes feel he is a child. His childlike innocence remains untouched by the harsh and demanding life of an artiste. We hope the legacy of Dilli Gharana will be passed on to the next generation.”

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