Pracheen Kala Kendra pays tribute to founder

  • SD Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2014 10:18 IST

Sufi maestro Sardool Sikander, invoking the mysticism of Punjabi Sufiana kalam of Sufi saints and seers, submerged a large audience in a spiritual reverie at a special concert organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra at Tagore Theatre on Friday.

The programme was aimed at paying a tribute to the celebrated Kathak guru, art promoter and founder of Pracheen Kala Kendra, Madan Lal Koser on the eve of his 83rd birth anniversary. Hailing from the Patiala gharana, Sardool Sikander, supported by a 10-piece orchestra and nine support vocalists, opened his recital with Shah Hussain’s kaafi ‘Rabba mere haal da mehram’, duly interspersed with kalams of other poets and musical embellishments.

The kaafi was a hit before Sikander brought alive the anguish and psychological pain of unrequited love of legendary Shiv Kumar Batalvi in ‘Shikra yaar.’ Ustad Sikander doled out a kawwali, ‘Ni mein jaana jogi de naal’ immortalized by Pakistani Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan which then melted into ‘Aa mahi tenu aklhiyan…’

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