Sarangi Maestro Ustad Kamal Sabri’s sole steering recital at the French Embassy, 22nd September 2008
Sarangi Maestro Kamal Sabri’s maiden recital at the French Embassy recently drew an overwhelming response from music lovers. The occasion was the meeting of the French cultural network in India. And Kamal Sabri, the 33 year old son of the Sarangi legend Ustad Sabri Khan was French Ambassador Jérome Bonnafont’s choice for the evening.
The French envoy introduced him to the audience as an ‘enfant prodige’ (child prodigy) gifted with incredible talent.
Ustad Kamal Sabri is not new to French audiences and it took him no time to strike a rapport with the distinguished gathering at the embassy.
The Ustad mesmerised his audience with his magical fingers during his non stop 45 minute recital, interrupted only by welcome rounds of thunderous applause.
The young musician is carrying forward the rich legacy of the Senia ‘Gharana’ (school) of Rampur, Moradabad.
Kamal says that the ‘Sarangi’ dates back to the thirteenth century . «Few persons know that the Sarangi has a very wide scope –it is ideal for different musical forms in Hindustani music as Dhrupad , Khayal, Thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Chaiti, Tappa, Taraana, Bhajan, Ghazal, film songs, fusion music and jazz. It is the only instrument that is played with the cuticles, » he says.
Kamal has travelled widely and left his indelible mark on the international stage. He has brought glory to India every time he has represented the country at international festivals including the ‘Art of the Bow’ festival in Geneva, Switzerland, the BBC Millennium Concert in Birmingham, UK, the Oslo World Music Festival in Norway, the Asia pacific Festival in Fukuoka, Japan and the Saint Denis Festival in the culturally rich French capital.
In India, he has participated in a number of prestigious festivals. A graded artist of All India Radio, Kamal has worked with veterans as vocalist Gangubai Hengal and internationally renowned musicians as Ustad Zakir Hussain, the late Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and Jan Garbarek. Besides, he has composed music for Mumbai films.
Speaking to a television channel at the end of the concert, the Ambassador said, « You can not promote your own country unless you promote the culture of another
country. » Asked if the embassy would host similar concerts in future, the Ambassador gave an optimistic nod and said, «Let us hope so.»
The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for the West Asia Peace Process, Ambassador Ghare Khan and his wife presented bouquets to Ustad Sabri Khan and his talented team comprising his nephew and Sarangi player Suhel Yusuf Khan, tabla maestro Pandit D. Sarit and Tanpura artist Adityi Bhatnagar.
Prominent among those present for the concert were former Foreign Secretray Kanwal Sibal, actor Naseeruddin Shah , fashion designer Manish Arora and television celebrities Sunit Tandon and Suhel Seth.
Sarangi Maestro Kamal Sabri performed at the Embassy of France on Monday 22nd September 2008 during a special evening hosted by the French Ambassador, H.E Mr. Jérôme Bonnafont . Ustad Kamal Sabri enthralled the audience on the occasion of the meeting of French cultural network in India.
Note to the Editors :
Ustad Kamal Sabri, son of the Sarangi legend Ustad Sabri Khan, has widely participated in several national prestigious festivals like the Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior, World Peace Concert in Delhi and international music concerts such as the Saint Denis Festival in Paris and the BBC Millenium Concert in UK amongst several others. A regular performer on All India Radio and Indian National Television, he was the youngest Indian musician to participate in ‘les 24 heures du Raga’ (the 24 hours Millenium concert) in Paris, France. The multifaceted musician is also a composer and the strains of his Sarangi are associated with several documentary films, theatre and dance.
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