“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
On 7 Aug’18, Seth Anandram Jaipuria, Lucknow, under the ages of SPICMACAY, oraganized a Sitar Recital by the renowned sitar player Padma Shri Ustaad Shakir Khan. He was accompanied on the Tabla by Shri Hafiz Ahmad Alvi. The musical morning started with lighting of the lamp followed by the welcome address by a student Mansi Yadav.
Padma Shri Ustaad Shakir Khan started his recital with the melodious Raag Charu keshi which captivated the audience. The whole auditorium resonated with the melodious sound of the sitar with the jugal bandi of tabla. The stage turned into a divine temple for the maestro and his enchanting performance created a meditative atmosphere in the auditorium. He started his interactive session with students by introducing his instrument and playing a few compositions. He told students about the origin of sitar from the instrument Surbahar which was played by his fore fathers. He belongs tothe eighth generation of the Etawah gharana that specializes in the ‘gayaki’ style. Hafiz Ahmad Alvi introduced the tabla, and showed how the daayan and baayan produce different notes separately and how they sound when they played together.
Ustaadencouraged students to ask questions. The maestro, patiently, answered all the questions in a precise manner. Thereafter, he involved the enchanted audience by playing different ragas. The students were amazed to know that he started playing the sitar at the age of 3. Answering a question about inspiration and passion, he said that for every work, one needs to have passion and inspiration. His inspiration was his father and he worked hard to reach where he is today. When asked about his best performance, he was quick to answer, “It is yet to come.” He informed students that he had played in many countries like USA, Canada, all parts of Europe, Africa and Australia. In response to a question he said that Indian music is verypopular all across the globe and it is loved and respected by everyone abroad.
This mesmerizing musical morning left children in awe and smiles. Principal, Ms. Poonam Kochitty, felicitated the guests with souvenirs and complimented Padma Shri Ustaad Shakir Khan and his team for an immensely delightful musical performance.