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Classical music is not just for the old: Sajjad Ali

Composer Sajjad Ali gears up to host Mousiqui, a concert that will take audiences on a journey through different stages of human life.

music Updated: Dec 23, 2011 14:32 IST
Priyanka Jain
Priyanka Jain
Hindustan Times

Aiming to promote classical music among the youth, Sajjad Ali, the grandson of noted music composer Ghulam Mohammed, will host a contemporary Indian classical music concert in the city.

Sajjad says his project is inspired by his grandfather’s work in Pakeezah and his vision of involving life, economy and psychology in music. “With this concert, I want to show that classical music is not reserved just for the old. We have designed this show in a manner that’s appealing to youngsters, from age six to sixty,” Ali.

Called Mousiqui, the event will be held on December 27 at St Andrews, Bandra at 8.30pm. The concept is based on Maslow’s theory of hierarchy of needs. “Mousiqui is my foray into Hindustani music, which has diverse shades. We, in our span of limited existence go through different phases satisfying different needs, ranging from the basic necessities of food shelter to love, affection, sense of achievement and finally, surrender to God. Conspicuously Indian music forms embrace all these emotions in its various ways of rendition,” he says.

The concert will take audiences on a journey through different stages of life with the use of thumri, bandish and ghazal. “We have used sur-tal, tarana, bandishana, ishqana, gharana and sufiyana at different stages of the concert,” says he.

Sajjad says the idea of this concert emerged while he was in Leon, France doing a Broadway musical, Bharti.

“I saw how intrigued people all over the world are about our music and how they embrace it with open arms. So I wanted to create a concert that is contemporary and yet rooted in classical ideologies of Indian music.” The music director has also composed music for forthcoming films Bloody Veer, Khwaab and Chalo Driver, where he has worked with singers like Kunal Ganjawala and Rahet Fateh Ali Khan.

First Published: Dec 23, 2011 13:28 IST