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Head to Prabhadevi for a day of stellar sarangi concerts on Sunday

On the cards: Salim Sulaiman, Ranjit Barot and Taufiq Qureshi paying tribute to Ustad Sultan Khan.

music Updated: Nov 26, 2016 09:41 IST
Riddhi Doshi
The late Ustad Sultan Khan is credited with promoting the use of the sarangi in classical and popular music.
The late Ustad Sultan Khan is credited with promoting the use of the sarangi in classical and popular music.

It is said that the sarangi comes closest to reproducing the human voice and hence, for years, a sarangi concert was considered a vocal recital. It was the late Ustad Sultan Khan, who played with Beatle George Harrison, and gave the bowed lute its place among other stringed instruments.

To commemorate Khan’s fifth death anniversary, 30 musicians including Salim Sulaiman, Ranjit Barot and Taufiq Qureshi will perform at the Sarangi Mela this weekend. The evening will include sarangi performances and renditions of popular Khan songs such as Albela Sajan Aiyo Re from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Jhinmin Jhini from Maqbool and Piya Basanti.

“To organise an event at which sarangi players young and old, teachers and students, could play under the same roof was my father’s wish,” says Khan’s son, Ghulam Sabir Khan. The sarangi expert had made his wish at a tribute concert for his own father ustad Gulab Khan, also a sarangi player. “But soon after my father’s health started deteriorating and the event wasn’t realised,” says Sabir.

The time is finally right. Sabir and his cousin Imran are organising an event at which seven musicians from Khan’s family, including Shahrukh, a tenth-generation sarangi player, will perform. “Our ancestors would play for Rajput kings” Imran says. “We grew up with music and want to keep the tradition alive.”

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WHAT: Sarangi Mela, a tribute to Ustad Sultan Khan

WHERE: Ravindra Natya Mandir, PL Deshpande Auditorium, near Siddhivinayak Temple, Sayani Road, Prabhadevi

WHEN: Sunday, from 2pm

CALL: 2436-5900

ENTRY: Free passes are available at the box office on a first-come-first-served basis.