City art lovers witnessed a mesmerising performance by 106-year-old classical vocal maestro Padmavibhushan Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan that astonished the audience on the fourth day of the ongoing Chandigarh Art and Heritage Festival at the Tagore Theatre on Saturday.
The event was organised in association with SPIC MACAY. The Ustad is a direct descendant of Mian Tansen, the famous court musician of the Emperor Akbar.
Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan is the foremost living representative of the traditional Gwalior‘gharana’ and a guru at the Sangeet Research Akademi at Kolkata.
Governor of Punjab Shivraj V Patil inaugurated the concert and honoured the living legend along with artists S Lavasa of SPIC MACAY, Bhavna Garg and Amandeep Kaur, who took part in the concert.
Amidst welcome applause, Ustad Rashid Khan began the concert with a delineation of the melodic character of ‘Raga Puriya Kalyan’ through a reposeful ‘alaap’.
He presented a ‘bada khyal’ composition ‘Janam bhayo kar leeno’ in ‘vilambat ek tal’ and the ‘chhota khyal’ ‘Aaja re…’ in ‘teen tal’ before concluding with a crisp ‘tarana’.
Ustad ji then presented ‘raga’ ‘Desh’ with ‘alaap’ and ‘drut’ ‘lya’ ‘bandish’ ‘Saiyan more sanvley’ followed by a ‘tarana’ in ‘Desh’ and the other ‘tarana’ in ‘raga Malhar’.
He concluded the recital with a ‘bhajan’ ‘Aise manush ko murakh samjho…’Retaining the youthful freshness in an enviably rich voice which traversed to and forth between octaves, the Ustad despite his ripe age displayed a remarkable ‘thehrav’ and fluency of ‘sargams’.