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Khan was born into an illustrious sarangi family. The son of Ustad Anwar Hussain and grandson of stalwart, Ustad Abdul Latif Khan Sahab, Khan has developed a style which gives the audience deeply stirring and richly coloured sounds. This is his UK debut performance where he will present his unique style of playing tappa, one of the most difficult forms of singing that is reproduced by his sarangi. Tappa was developed by Rajasthani folk musicians, who while riding on camels created an undulating sound as their bodies moved up and down, thereby creating this unique style. Khan is accompanied by the vibrant young tabla player, Patitundi, student of the late Pandit Subhankar Banerjee.
Khan will also be accompanying during the Darbar Festival, Ustad Tari Khan.
Sarwar Hussain Khan sarangi
Debjit Patitundi tabla
Jyoti Hegde rudra veena
Surdarshan Chana jori
Dhrupad is the foremost improvisational classical system from India, rooted in its micro tonal slow to fast development. The primal sounds of the rudra veena comes alive in the hands of Hegde as she micro bends the raga (melody) notes. One of the slowest forms of Indian classical music styles, allow yourself to be absorbed in a world of micro bending notes transporting you into a meditative state of being. Popularity of the rudra veena, one of the oldest instruments of India, is dying as audiences are seduced by ‘weak and frothy music’ as described by Rabindernath Tagore. Today there is no compromise – just the pure art form. Hegde returns to London after her 2014 debut concert to play at the Darbar Festival. She is sensitively accompanied on the jori by Chana, one of the senior players of the form.
It is said that Lord Shiva created the rudra veena, with its two resonator gourds, representing the breasts of Saraswati, the goddess of arts and learning, and that the long tube as the human spine and cosmic axis. The length of the fretted area of the tube is traditionally given as nine fists—the distance from the navel to the top of the skull.
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