?Sarangi on brink of extinction?
NOTED SARANGI player Ustad Roshan Ali feels that sarangi constituted an essential ingredient of India’s musical heritage but the importance of the instrument was plummeting and it was on the brink of extinction.
“Even the children of eminent sarangi players are not playing the instrument. They prefer to pick up instruments which have a wider audience potential”, he told the Hindustan Times.
This factor has led to a gradual decline in the number of sarangi players across the country, he said adding, “The government has also not been able to keep alive the musical heritage of this instrument.”
Ustad Roshan Ali was felicitated by the Latif Khan Trust at the ‘Sarangi Utsav’ at Ravindra Bhavan on Sunday evening. Several sarangi players from across the country have assembled here for the two-day event on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Padmashri Ustad Abdul Latif Khan.
On the invasion of western music, he said, “Every form of music has its own resonating colour. It would be wrong to say that classical music has been put on back seat by the pop phenomenon.”
Observing that sarangi was a difficult instrument to learn, he said this could also be a possible reason for less number of persons taking up the strings of sarangi.
Roshan Ali, an exponent of Lucknow and Benaras Gharana, started learning sarangi at the age of five. He has been trained under late Ata Hussain and has also experimented with some compositions including Raag Prabhavati.
He has played sarangi in several Hindi and Bengali films including ‘Kalka’ starring Shatrughan Sinha and ‘Avatar’ starring Rajesh Khanna. His CD with Pt Bhimsen Joshi has also been released.