While it may be difficult to pin down the exact number of sub-genres within Indian classical and folk music, a concert in the city will attempt to introduce enthusiasts to some of the popular styles from the wide array. Kala Virasat, to be held today at the Nehru Centre Auditorium, will kick-start with a performance by sitar maestro Shujaat Khan, who is renowned for his inimitable style called gayaki ang, which aims to recreate the tone of the human voice on strings. It will be followed by a percussion recital by veteran ghatam player, Vikku Vinayakram.
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“This time I am collaborating with two of the most powerful, Hindustani and Carnatic streams of music. (Violinist) Ganesh and Kumaresh are great musicians from Carnatic stream and Ustad Shujaat Khan has a huge repertoire for me. I’m really looking forward to perform with Vikkuji as well,” says Brooks.
The show will culminate with a qawwali performance by the Chisti Brothers— Sarfaraz and Iqbal. Being one of the most popular acts in the Sufi music circuit, the duo have witnessed the evolution of the genre over the years. “Back in the day, qawwalis were limited only to dargahs. Now, with its increasing popularity, it has become an integral part of all festivals and shows. Though everyone doesn’t understand a qawwali, they are hooked to it because they enjoy the music, composition and rhythm. It’s nice to see a lot of involvement by youngsters as well,” says Sarfaraz. Some of the compositions they will present include Chhap tilak sab cheeni and Mann kunto maula among others.
“This is the fourth year of Kala Viraasat and it’s a beautiful platform where we present a variety of genres in a single festival,” says Mahesh Babu, managing director, Banyan Tree, which is the organiser of the event.
Concert is today at the Nehru Centre Auditorium, Worli at 6.30 pm. Donor cards from Rs250 onwards, available at Rhythm House and Nehru Centre. Call 3297 2584