“To sing is to pray twice.” – St Augustine
An aerosphere of music was created at SAI International Residential School by the great Sarangi exponent Ustad Sabir Khan, he was accompanied by Shri Aadil Khan on Tabla. Ustad Sabir Khan interacted with the students and briefed them about the history and origin of the 41-stringed Sarangi, the various Ragas and how different songs are composed based on a single Raga.
Ustad Khan is the son of legendary Sarangi player and vocalist Padma Bhushan Ustad Sultan Khan and is the 9th generation of the Sikar Gharana of music. He has been honored with several accolades including the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar and Sangeet Natak Akademi Yuva Puraskar.
Ustad Khan played some of his popular pieces from Bollywood films like Sanwariya, Dangal, Jodha Akbar as well as the recent release, Mumbai City and briefed the students on how several Bollywood films songs are composed from a single Raga.
He has performed along with legendary artists such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Gulam Ali, Talat Aziz, Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. He played in several feature films like Chameli, Rog, Dor, Anwar, Sanwariya, Chodon na yaar, Jodha Akbar, Faisal Saif’s Amma which is a multilingual film
While interacting with the students, Ustad Khan said that his mission in life is to take Indian Classical Music to greater heights of success and through music share with the world, the real worth of the country which is full of rich culture, traditions and values. He also inspired the students to have a mission in life and accomplish it through perseverance and hard work.
The event was introduced by The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY).