DOUBLE BILL Witness sarangi master, Sabir Khan and one of India’s child prodigy Carnatic exponents in a special double bill
Ramana Balachandran veena
Patri Satish Kumar mridangam
Immerse yourself in a special double bill featuring both Carnatic and Hindustani music, rarely presented together in Indian classical festivals. Experience the maturity and musical power of Balachandran unleash in London for his UK visit. As a child prodigy, he has emerged as one of the most sought-after veena players of his generation. He provides a refreshing interpretation of Carnatic ragas with virtuositic agility. Kumar, a musician from the great Carnatic tradition, is quite simply one of the most outstanding performers of our era. He is praised for his technique, supreme musicality, passion and effortless virtuosity on the mridangam.
Sabir Sultan Khan sarangi
Aneesh Pradhan tabla
Khan is the musical genius son of legendary sarangi player and vocalist Padma Bhushan Ustad Sultan. The sarangi is one India’s oldest instruments mentioned first by Śārṅgadeva (1175–1247) and has been used in classical music since at least the 17th century. It is the vocalist’s choice of accompaniment, and also stands proud as a solo instrument. Khan explores ragas through the lilting and captivating sounds of the sarangi weaving and bending raga notes to a hypnotic trance. Khan has developed a style which gives the audience deeply stirring and richly coloured sounds. A global traveller, he regularly accompanies Ustad Zakir Hussain. Pradhan is a disciple of the late illustrious tabla maestro Pandit Nikhil Ghosh from whom he inherited a rich and varied repertoire of traditional tabla solo compositions from the Delhi, Ajrada, Lucknow, Farrukhabad and Punjab gharanas. He provides sensitive and roaring tabla accompaniment to match the power of the sarangi. Pradhan’s latest book is entitled Chasing the Raag Dream: A Look into the World of Hindustani Music. He has also directed and produced a short film entitled Pratidhvani: Reverberations of the Nanasaheb Panse Pakhawaj Tradition. Pradhan also accompanies Bharathi Prathap on Saturday, 15 October at 18:30 and accompanies Shubha Mudgal on Sunday, 15 October at 17:30.
Khan will also be accompanying Satyajit Talwalkar’s tabla solo and Bharathi Prathap during the Darbar Festival.
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