Befitting tribute to maestro
THE NIGHT suffused with melody and mellifluous voices at the TTTI auditorium was indeed a befitting tribute to Sarod maestro Ustad Rehmat Ali Khan on his third death anniversary. Connoisseurs and musicians sat together with family members of the late Ustad and savoured best of music.
The music fest was organised by Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Sangeet Academy. Pankaj Raag, Commissioner for Culture, was the chief guest on the occasion.
Rehmat Khan’s wife Shamim, son Aseem, his close friends and fans were also present at the event. Noted celebrities of classical music like Gundecha brothers, sitar exponent Avaneendra Sheolikar, tabla artistes Ustad Zafar Mohammad and Saleem Allah Wale, Sarangi player Farooque Lateef and child prodigy Mohammed Amaan mesmerised the packed auditorium with their musical genius amidst repeated applause.
The evening began with Mohammed Amaan’s classical rendition. The awesome performance of the 14-year-old singer left the audience enthralled. Most people could not stop praising the child artiste on his knowledge of the nuances of the classical ragas and the perfection with which he rendered them. Noted Tabla player Ustad Zafar Mohammad’s rendition was every captivating.
His fine blend of the styles of the Delhi, Farrukhabad, Poorab and Ajarada gharanas left the audience spellbound. The superb performance of the youngest ‘top’ grade tabla artiste of the country could be easily summed up as flawless and invigorating.
Sarangi player Farooque Lateef’s tunes best reminded the listeners of his father, the late sarangi maestro Ustad Lateef Khan Sahib.
The intricacies of the sitar fine-tuned with elating classical notes were delivered by noted sitar player Avaneendra Sheolikar. His jugalbandi with tabla artiste Saleem Allah Wale was not only refreshing.
The reason behind Sheolikar being titled ‘Sur Ratna’ became evident with every passing stroke that he made on the sitar. There could have certainly not been a better way to wind up the evening than the performance of Gundecha brothers. Experts of the Dhrupad vocal art, Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha and Pakhawaj exponent Akhiliesh Gundecha together drew applause from the audience.