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Sufi Music Concert in Chandigarh Feb 12

The Pracheen Kala Kendra today presented a Sufiana spell by young maestro, Neelay Khan, at its auditorium here today. The audience relished the splendour of mysticism.

Holding allegiance to the Patiala gharana, Khan, with postgraduation in music, has a distinctive style of singing, which is a blend of Sufi and traditional folk, interspersed with recitation of couplets relevant to the compositional theme.

After a reposeful alaap, He commenced the recital with an invocatory composition, “Sanson ki mala”, in a calm contemplative mood. As expected, this was followed by couplets of Bulle Shah and a bandish, “Abe tu jaan, na jaan”. He doled out the “Mainu ishq de rang wich rang sajna”. He depicted the anguish and the tormented psyche of Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi while presenting his poems. After a few songs when he concluded his recital with a composition, “Ve ja tu bada harjai”, requests for more poured in. He obliged the audience with many ghazals.

He was accompanied by Manoj Kumar and Jolly on tabla, Amit Kumar on dholak, while Shanty and Sajjan provided him vocal support. Shobha Koser, registrar of the kendra honoured the artists.

Fusion Music Concert in Chandigarh Feb 10

A cohesive melody comprising of mutually embracing musical notes reverberated all through the fusion music concert organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra at the Law Bhavan auditorium here in Chandigarh.

It was indeed a rare confluence of Indian and German musicians where East met West with satvik veena maestro Salil Bhatt and German guitarist Matthias Muller enchanting audience.

Artistes in a scintillating jugalbandi mainly presented compositions from their latest album titled “Mumbai to Munich”, which they have dedicated to victims of the Mumbai blasts.

The duo opened the soiree delineating serene character of raga “Basant mukhari” interspersed with influences of Carnatic classical style. A tranquil environment pervaded as the accomplished musicians made their stringed instruments to exude contemplation in the next offering veritably titled “Peace”.

The duo performed “Ahimsa”, a master piece composed by Mutthias Muller and dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Another composition “Jhinjhoti” brought alive the love and romance. “Kirwani hichki”, a popular Rajasthani folk melody based on raga kirwani, played to perfection by Salil and Matthias showing their perfect matching of imagination. Salil apparently taking the lead on his satvik veena, Matthias Muller’s notes on the Spanish guitar merged so well, one couldn’t really shift them apart. The concluding presentation was “Jog Blues”, based on raga jog, a very intense, serious and meditative melody.

Articulating the melody metre on tabla, the Benaras gharana maestro Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra won tremendous applause and emerged as the real hero of the concert. The fusion concert was a perfect blend of classical folk with western music flavours.

Earlier kendra registrar Shobha Koser welcomed the chief guest SK Monga, an IAS, who lighted the inaugural lamp and honoured the artistes.