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SOME HINDUSTANI MUSICIANS: THEY LIT THE WAY! (written by Dr. Ashok Da Ranande)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 12, 2013

Some Hindustani Musicians: They Lit the Way! (Hardcopy)

Author: Dr. Ashok Da. Ranade (1937-2011)
Publisher: BSAPromilla & Co., Publishers – New Delhi

2011, Hb, 388pp., Illus., Appendix, Biblio.
ISBN-10: 8185002738
ISBN-13: 9788185002736

seen at Flipchart: 750 INR inclusive of taxes
seen at BSA (Bibliophile South Asia): 638 INR / outside India: 37.95 US $

some-hindustani-musicians-they-lit-the-way-400x400-imad7s8ujatfajgaToday Indian Music has won a place of pride in the global musical heritage. Hindustani classical music and its vocal stream have been major influences in creating the larger Indian musical tradition. Music being a performing art, lives in performance. These performances are obviously realized through performing ideas and their exploration by artists concerned. The identification of performing ideas provide the prime clue to the qualitative forces in any artist\’s work. Dr. Ranade has attempted to identify and analyze 19 major performers\’ performing ideas as they became accessible to him in mehfil-s, recordings or teaching sessions. Four other musicians are also briefly discussed. These music-makers — and of course others not discussed here — have lit the 20th century, i.e., our immediate and adjacent living past. Hence the special contemporary quality of their work. They belong to different gharana-s and language-regions and the variety of their approaches is a challenge as well as delight.

About the Author: Ashok Da. Ranade is a vocalist (Hindustani Classical), composer, musicologist, ethnomusicologist, voice-culturist and a teacher with degrees in literature, law and music.

Dr. Ashok Da Ranade: In Celebration of His Life and Work

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DE – Raga CDs of the Months (11/2013): The legacy of Sultan Khan – The Future of Sarangi (short version)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 11, 2013

The Legacy of Ustad Sultan Khan – The Future of Sarangi

Today’s edition of ‘Raga CDs of the Month’ @ Radio RaSA (and worldwide as webradio) directly is following our latest broadcasting:  “Celestial Music of 726 years – a review of 2011“.

The worldwide community of friends for Indian classical music had lost in 2011 nine outstanding maestros. Among them is Ustad Sultan Khan. He died of a kidney failure on Sunday afternoon, 27 November 2011 (Note: Ustad Sultan Khan had diabetis and was dialysis patient in the last four years.)

The fan base affectionately called Sultan Khan (1940-2011) the “Sultan of Sarangi“.

dates of broadcasting …

11th November 2013 – 04:00-04:58 p.m. EST | 10:00-10:58 p.m. CET @ Radio RaSA (CH)
(premiere: 15th January 2012 – 03:00-05:00 pm CET @ radio multicult.fm (Berlin))

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Sarangi … Voice of 100 Colors.

The sarangi (derived from Sau-Rang: Voice of the 100 colors) is one of the string instruments of Indian classical music. The Sarangi is the Indian fiddle. The story lays back to the 13th century B.C. according to ancient writings where instruments had been described that have a similar structure as we know today by Sarangis, like the Pinaki Veena (lute).

The tuning of the clunky-looking instrument is an art in itself. The Sarangi body is hollowed out of a solid piece of wood and covered with goat skin as the resonance board, 39 strings are stretched. Of these are 35 resonance strings which are divided into four groups. 3-4 main strings (gut) are played with a horse hair stringed bow made of rosewood. Those who are concerned more about the history of the sarangi we recommend our show “The Sarangi Project – The Voice of 100 colors“.

You can re-read and re-listen this show (as all IMC shows) in our online archive  www.imcradio.net/onlinearchiv (see moderaton scripts: http://www.imcradio.net/scripts )

The Khan Family… 10 Generations with Sarangi.

Sultan Khan (1940-2011) & Sabir Khan (son)

Sultan Khan (1940-2011) & Sabir Khan (son)

Ustad Sultan Khan was initially trained by his father Gulab Khan. In 1951, Ustad Sultan Khan was 11 years old and presented himself 1st time on stage at the All-India Conference. The musicians clan Khan around Sultan Khan plays the sarangi currently in 10ter generation. Sabir Khan is the son of Sultan Khan and occurs in the footsteps of his father. Since the early 90s of last century Sabir Khan plays on stage. For a long time he accompanied his father in a duet. Sabir was trained by his father and his uncle Ustad Nasir Khan. Sabir’s cousin is Sarangi player, too. Dilshad Khan has presented himself to the European audience in June 2007 performing at the first Indian festival of Grenoble. And there is Sultan Khan’s nephew Imran Khan. Although Imran has become a sitar player by the wish of his father he was also trained by Sultan Khan.

Instrumental singing… Gayaki Ang (vocal style)

The peculiarity of Ustad Sultan Khan’s play on the Sarangi is the imitation of the singing of Indian classical music. Sultan Khan was influenced by the vocal styles of singing legend Ustad Amir Khan, Faiyaz Khan and Ghulam Ali Khan Bath. The special way of playing with instrumental interpretation of the voice is called “gayaki ang”… singing using an instrument. Ustad Imdad Khan (1848-1920) on the surbahar was among the first who introduced this technique on a stringed instrument.

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DE – Raga CDs des Monats (11/13): Das Erbe von Sultan Khan – Die Zukunft der Sarangi

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 11, 2013

Das Erbe von Ustad Sultan Khan – Die Zukunft der Sarangi

Die heute Ausgabe von Raga CDs des Monats auf Raio RaSA (und weltweit als Webradio) folgt direkt unserer Sendung “726 Jahre himmlische Musik, ein Rückblick auf 2011“.

In 2011 hatte die weltweite Gemeinschaft von Freunden der indisch-klassischen Musik neun herausragende Meister verloren. Darunter befindet sich Ustad Sultan Khan. Er verstarb nach einem Nierenversagen an einem Sonntag-Nachmittag, am 27. November 2011 (Anm.: Ustad Sultan Khan war Diabetiker und in den letzten 4 Jahren Dialysepatient.)

Von der Fangemeinde wurde Sultan Khan (1940-2011) liebevoll der “Sultan der Sarangi” genannt.

Sendetermine…

11. November 2013 – 22:00-22:58 Uhr (CET) | 04:00-05:00 p.m. (EST) @ Radio RaSA (CH)
(Premiere: 15. Januar 2012 – 15:00-17:00 Uhr @ radio mulitcult.fm)

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Sarangi… Stimme der 100 Farben.

Die Sarangi (abgeleitet aus Sau-Rang: Stimme der 100 Farben) gehört zu den Streichinstrumenten der indischen Klassik; es ist die indische Fiddel. Die Geschichte der Sarangi geht bis in’s 13. Jhdt. V. Chr. Geburt zurück. In antiken Schriften werden Lauteninstrumente beschrieben, die von ähnlicher Struktur der uns bekannten Sarangis sind, wie die Pinaki Veena.

Die Stimmung des klobig wirkenden Instruments ist eine Kunst für sich. Auf den Sarangikörper, der aus einem massiven Holzstück ausgehöhlt und mit Ziegenhaut als Resonanzdecke bespannt ist, werden 39 Saiten aufgespannt. Davon sind 35 Rsesonanzseiten, die sich in vier Gruppen gliedern. Die 3-4 Hauptsaiten sind aus Darm geflochten undwerden von einem mit Rosshaar bespannten Bogen aus Rosenholz gestrichen. Wer sich mit der Geschichte der Sarangi näher befassen möchte, dem empfehlen wir unsere Sendung “Das Sarangi Projekt – Die Stimme der 100 Farben“.
Sie können diese Sendung wie alle IMC-Sendungen in unserem Online-Archiv nachhören und nachlesen, unter www.imcradio.net/onlinearchiv (Moderationsskripte s. http://www.imcradio.net/scripts )

10 Generationen Sarangi… Die Khan Familie.

Sultan Khan (1940-2011) & Sabir Khan (son)

Sultan Khan (1940-2011) & Sabir Khan (son)

Ustad Sultan Khan wurde zunächst von seinem Vater Gulab Khan ausgebildet. Im Jahre 1951 war Ustad Sultan Khan 11 Jahre alt und präsentierte sich bei der All-India Conference. Der Musikerklan Khan um Sultan Khan spielt die Sarangi aktuell in 10ter Generation. Sabir Khan ist der Sohn von Sultan Khan und tritt in die Fusstapfen seines Vaters. Seit Anfang der 90er Jahre des letzten Jahrhunderts spielt Sabir Khan auf der Bühne. Lange Zeit begleitete er seinen Vater im Duett. Sabir wurde von seinem Vater und von seinem Onkel Ustad Nasir Khan ausgebildet. Auch sein Cousin wurde Sarangispieler. Dilshad Khan stellte sich in Europe im Juni 2007 dem Publikum vor, beim ersten indischen Festival in Grenoble. Und da wäre noch Sultan Khan’s Neffe Imran Khan. Imran ist zwar Sitarspieler geworden, dem Wunsche seines Vaters folgend; doch auch er wurde von Sultan Khan ausgebildet.

Instrumentalspiel… Gayaki Ang (Vocal Style)

Die Besonderheit von Ustad Sultan Khan’s Spiel auf der Sarangi ist die Imitation des Gesangs der indisch-klassischen Musik. Sultan Khan wurde maßgeblich von dem Gesangstil der Gesangslegenden Ustad Amir Khan, Faiyaz Khan und Bade Ghulam Ali Khan beeinflusst. Die besondere Spielweise, instrumental den Gesang zu interpretieren nennt man “gayaki ang”, quasi das Singen mittels Instrument. Ustad Imdad Khan (1848-1920) auf der Surbahar war einer der ersten, der diese Technik auf einem Saiteninstrument einführte.

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Very rare: HARMONICA in North Indian Classics….

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 10, 2013

Late evening Raga Tilka Kamod on Harmonica (‘mouth organ’)
by H. Bandopadhaya (year of recording: 1940)

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A – Raga CDs des Monats (11/2013): 726 Jahre himmlische Musik.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 10, 2013

Die Förderinitiative IMC – India meets Classic heisst alle Musikfreunde aus dem deutsch-sprachigen Raum, aus Indien und aller Welt herzlich willkommen. Von 23:00-24:00 Uhr gibt’s heute IMC – India meets Classic auf Radio FRO (und als Internetradio weltweit).

Sendetermine…

10. November 2013 – 23:00-24:00 CET (05:00-06:00 pm EST) @ Radio FRO (Österreich)
(Erstausstrahlung: 18. Dez. 2011 @ radio multicult.fm (Berlin))
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In 2011 hat die weltweite Gemeinschaft von Musikliebhabern der indischen Klassik eine Anzahl von Verlusten verschmerzen müssen. Herausragende Meister im indischen Gesang (Rabindra Sangeet, Ghazal, Khayal, Dhrupad), Instrumentalspiel (Sarangi, Sitar, Bansuri/Flute) und auf der Tabla haben uns verlassen.

So steht die heutige Sendung unter der Überschrift “726 Jahre himmlische Musik (ein Rückblick auf das Jahr 2011)” und präsentiert alle neun Künstler  mit ausgewählten Musiken. – Enjoy listening to good music !

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A – Raga CDs of the Months (11/2013): 726 Years of Celestial Music.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 10, 2013

For all music lovers of Indian Classics around the globe 2011 was a tough year with  heavily mourning for the greatest music maestros. We have lost them as beloved composers or film makers, as vocalists (Rabindra Sangeet, Khayal, Dhrupad and Ghazal),   instrumentalists (on Sarangi, Flute and Sitar) or as percussionists (e.g. Tabla).

dates of broadcasting …

10th Nov 2013 – 05:00-06:00 pm EST (11:00 pm CET) @ Radio FRO (Austria)
(premiere: 18th Dec 2011 (03:00-05:00 pm CET) @ radio multicult.fm (Berlin))
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The radio show today is setup under the topic “726 years of celestial music – Review of 2011” presenting all nine (9) artists with some fine tunes. – Come in and Enjoy listening to good music !

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Padma awards shocker: Lata nominated sister, Ustad Amjad Ali his sons

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 9, 2013

November 09, 2013 16:50 IST

Padma awards shocker: Lata nominated sister, Ustad Amjad Ali his sons…

The list of recommendations for this year’s Padma awards shows that some people had suggested multiple candidates while others had pushed for their relatives and friends for the coveted civil honours, a Right To Information reply revealed.

The list of 1,300 recommendations made public by the home ministry in an RTI reply shows that Congress leader Motilal Vora, Minister Rajeev Shukla, MP T Subbarami Reddy, classical singer Pandit Jasraj, among others, had recommended multiple names for the awards.

Amar Singh recommended Jaya Prada

Bharat Ratna awardee Lata Mangeshkar had recommended three names — sister Usha Mangeshkar, playback singer Suresh Wadkar and social worker Rajmal Parakh.

Recipient of Padma Vibhushan, sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali had made six recommendations — his sons Amaan and Ayaan, Hindustani classical singer Kaushiki Chakrabarty, tabla player Vijay Ghate, art promoter Soorya Krishnamurthy alias Nataraja Krishnamoorthy and sitar player Niladri Kumar.

Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh recommended Rajya Sabha member Jaya Prada for the awards. However, Usha Mangeshkar, Amaan and Ayaan did not make it to the Padma awards list announced this year, as per the Ministry of Home Affairs website.

Amar Singh recommended Jaya Prada…

Well-known classical singer Pandit Jasraj had made nine recommendations for the awards, while Rajiv Shukla had made five, Motilal Vora eight, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had recommended two theatre personalities, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had suggested two names and Congress MP Vijay Darda had nominated three persons.

RTI activist Subhash Agrawal claimed that hectic lobbying for Padma awards has become an unavoidable feature especially in fields like ‘medicine’ and ‘trade and industry’, as these awards monetarily benefit the awardees.

(Source: 11/09/2013 – Rediff News)
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DE – Raga CDs of the Months (11/13): Nazrul Sangeet – The rebel poet.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 7, 2013

NAZRUL SANGEET – The rebel poet…
(Subtitle: raga interpretations of songs by Kazi Nazrul Islam)

In the 20th and 30th of last century Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) was one of the most dazzling figures of Bengal music. Nazrul was a poet, publisher, journalist, actor, music director and radio producer, all in one person.

Nazrul is the founder of the modern music of Bengal, today the region of Westbengal (India) and Bangladesh (since 1971: Republic of the People of Bangladesh, former East Bengal / East Pakistan).

Nazrul succeeded it to merge elements of North Indian classics (Hindustani) with the tradition of folk music (Professor Rafiqul Islam, Kulna University – Nazrul Institute (Dhaka), 1994).

dates of broadcasting…
7th November 2013 – 03:00 p.m. EST (09:00 pm CET) @ radio multicult.fm (DE)
(premiere: 17th Jan 2011 – 11:00 pm CET @ Tide Radio)
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Kaz Nazrul Islam (um 1920) - Quelle: Wikipedia - Wiki Commons (CC-Lizen)

Kazi Nazrul Islam (um 1920) – Quelle: Wikipedia (CC-Lizenz)

Nazrul was the companion of Rabindranath Tagore, the universal genius and first Nobel prize winner for literature of India in 1913. And Nazrul’s writing identified him as political freedom fighter for the Indian freedom movement.

Nazrul was adjudged front court of British India for his commitments as poet, journalist and publisher  with one year prison in 1922/23 and publication prohibition. In 1921 appeared Nazrul’s most famous poem Bidrohi – The Rebel.

The poems and songs after Nazruls release from custody were focced more on topics of the suppressed classes and criticized the socio-economic standards and grievances in the political system. Like his  companion Tagore (1861-1941) same Nazrul resisted religious fanaticism and pleaded for the equalization of man and woman. Nazrul’s poem Nari (= woman) expresses this clearly. Nazrul did not understand ‘equal rights’ in the sense of equalization, rather as a synergy between woman and man.

Nazrul Ghazel by Nazrul

(translation from the Bangla by Farida Majid (source: nazrul.org), speaker: ElJay Arem)

Song by Nazrul: Shhunno-E-Buke (My Dearest Nightingale)

(translation by Dr. Gulshan Ara (source: nazrul.org), speaker: ElJay Arem)

In his active work time (1910-1942) Nazrul had written more than 600 Raga compositions, from which most were lost more. The later publishings by Nazrul between 1928 and 1935 cover 800 songs collected in a 10 volumes.  More than 100 songs are folk musica and about 30 are patriotic songs. (Notes: The complete work of Nazrul covers roughly approx. 4000 songs.) This song collection is called Nazrul Sangeet (or Nazrul Geeti).

(compiled by Aparna Chatterjee)

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DE – Raga CDs des Monats (11/13): Nazrul Sangeet – Der rebellische Poet.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 7, 2013

NAZRUL SANGEET – Der rebellische Poet…
(Untertitel: Ragainterpretationen zu Liedern von Kazi Nazrul Islam)

Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) war in den 20er und 30er Jahre des letzten Jahrhunderts eine der schillernsten Figuren der bengalischen Musik. Nazrul war Dichter, Verleger, Journalist, Schauspieler, Musikdirektor und Radioproduzent in einer Person.

Nazrul ist der Begründer der modernen Musik Bengals, dem heutigen Westbengal (Indien) und Bangladesh (seit 1971: Republik des Volkes von Bangladesh, ehem. Ostbengal, Ost-Pakistan).

Nazrul gelang es, Elemente der nordindischen Klassik (Hindustani) mit den Traditionen der Volksmusik zu verschmelzen (Prof. Rafiqul Islam, Kulna Universität –  Nazrul Institute (Dhaka), 1994).

Sendetermine…
07. November 2013 – 21:00 Uhr (03:00 pm EST) @ radio multicult.fm (DE)
(Premiere: 17. Jan 2011 – 23:00 CET @ Tide Radio)
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Kaz Nazrul Islam (um 1920) - Quelle: Wikipedia - Wiki Commons (CC-Lizen)

Kazi Nazrul Islam (um 1920) – Quelle: Wikipedia (CC-Lizenz)

Als Weggefährte des Universalgenies Rabindranath Tagore (Indien’s erster Nobelpreisträger für Literatur, 1913) war Nazrul in seinen Schriften politischer Freiheitskämpfer für die indische Freiheitsbewegung.
Nazrul wurde für sein Engagement als Poet, Journalist und Verleger 1922/23 mit einem Jahr Gefängnis und Publikationsverbot durch den Gerichtshof von British-Indien bestraft. 1921 erschien Nazrul’s berühmtestes Gedicht Bidrohi – The Rebel (Der Rebell).

Die  Gedichte und Lieder nach Nazruls Haftentlassung waren Themen der unterdrückten Klassen, übten Kritik an den sozio-ökonomischen Normen und den Misständen im politischen System. Wie sein Weggefährte Tagore (1861-1941) wehrte sich Nazrul auch gegen religiösen Fanatismus und setzte sich für die Gleichstellung von Mann und Frau ein. Nazrul’s Gedicht Nari (= Frau) bringt dies zum Ausdruck. Gleichberechtigung verstand Nazrul nicht im Sinne von Gleichmachung, vielmehr als ein Synergetisches zwischen Mann und Frau.

Nazrul Ghazel by Nazrul

(translation from the Bangla by Farida Majid (source: nazrul.org), speaker: ElJay Arem)

Song by Nazrul: Shhunno-E-Buke (My Dearest Nightingale)

(translation by Dr. Gulshan Ara (source: nazrul.org), speaker: ElJay Arem)

Nazrul hatte in seiner aktiven Schaffenszeit (1910-1942) mehr als 600 Ragakompositionen verfasst, von denen die meisten verloren gegangen sind. Die späteren Veröffentlichungen Nazals, zwischen 1928 und 1935 umfassen in einem 10-bändigen Gesamtwerk mehr als 800 Lieder. Mehr als 100 sind als Volksmusik angelegt und etwa 30 sind patriotische Lieder. (Anm.: Das Gesamtwerk umfasst schätzungsweise ca. 4000 Lieder.) Diese Liedsammlung wird als Nazrul Sangeet (oder Nazrul Geeti) bezeichnet.

(compiled by Aparna Chatterjee)

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We like to remember the 63rd anniversary of vocalist Ustad Faiyaz Khan (02/08/1881-11/05/1950)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 5, 2013

Join-our-group-on-FB… written/translated by Rajesh Kelkar (member of our FB Group “Indian classical“)

5 नवंबर 1950…भारतीय संगीत के सूर्य (आफताब ए मौसिकी उस्ताद फ़ैयाज़ खानसाहब-जन्म 8 फरवरी 1881) का अस्त हुआ।

भारतीय शास्त्रीय संगीत के श्रेष्ठतम कलाकारों की बात आती है तो उनमे शीर्षस्थ नाम है-आफताब-ए-मौसिकी उस्ताद फ़ैयाज़ खाँ।

आप बड़ौदा दरबार मे राजगायक तो थे परंतु भारतवर्ष के अन्य सभी राजघरानों, शास्त्रकारों, कलाकारों, रसिकों में सर्वाधिक प्रिय थे। आप को “महफिल ए बादशाह” कहा जाता था।

संगीत की दुनिया मे शायद आप एक ही कलाकार रहे की जो ध्रुपद, धमार, खयाल, ठुमरी, टप्पा, तराना, ग़ज़ल एवं भजन तक के सभी गायनप्रकार समान कुशलता से गाते थे। इसीलिए आप चौमुखी कलाकार कहलाए।

आल इंडिया रेडियो के इतिहास मे 27 अक्तूबर 1927 के दिन बंबई रेडियो पर सर्वप्रथम राग यमन से शुभ शुरुआत आप ही के गायन से हुई।

कवि जयदेव कृत संस्कृत अष्टपदी “वंदे नंदकुमारम” की सर्वप्रथम रेकॉर्ड आप ही की निकली। जो राग काफी पर आधारित है।

गुरुदेव रवीन्द्रनाथ ठाकुर, श्रेष्ठ कलाकार सुरश्री केसरबाई केरकर, ऊ अमीर खान, ऊ विलायत खानसाहेब, पं कुमार गंधर्व, आधुनिक भारतरत्न कलाकार जैसे की उस्ताद बिस्मिल्लाह खान, पं रविशंकर, पं भीमसेन जोशी, स्वरसाम्राज्ञी लता मंगेशकर हो या, कुंदनलाल सहगल-प्लेबेक सींगर, लच्छु महाराज जैसे विख्यात नृत्यकार, सचिनदेव बर्मन-नौशाद-रोशन-हुस्नलाल भगतराम-एस एन त्रिपाठी जैसे संगीतकार हो, आप की प्रतिभा से प्रभावित हुए बिना नहीं रहे।

बड़ौदा की आज की फ़ैकल्टी आफ परफोरमिंग आर्ट्स मे भी आप ने कई वर्ष तक विजिटिंग प्रोफेसर के पद पर कार्य कर विद्यादान कार्य किया। आज़ादी के बाद “पाकिस्तान” जाने की लालच दी जाने के बावजूद अपने वतन “भारत” मे ही रहने का निर्णय कर अपना देशप्रेम खुले दिल से व्यक्त किया।

ऐसे महान कलाकार को आज उनकी पुण्यतिथि पर हम पुण्य स्मरण करते है।

Join-our-group-on-FBToday (5th November 1950) is death anniversary of the legendary Ustad Faiyaz Khan (Born on 8th February 1881), the Aftaab e Mousiqui-Son of Music.

Ustad ji was court musician of Baroda. He earned extreme popularity equally among all other courts of Princely states, Musicologists, Musicians/Performers and Connoisseurs, which made him “Badshah e Mehfil-Emporer of Concerts”.

He was probably the only musician who could sing all varieties of genres such as Dhrupad, Dhamar, Khayal, Thumri, Tappa, Ghazals & Bhajan with equal ease. This made him an all rounder musician. He was considered as most authentic singer in terms of purity of Raga-as wholeheartedly acknowledged by musicologists such as Pt. V. N. Bhatkhande & Prof. B. R. Deodhar.

He was first to perform live, in the history of All India Radio-Mumbai on 27th February, 1927. He began his recital with Rag Yaman.

He was first to record Jaydeva’s (great Vaishnava saint poet) Ashtapadi in Sanskrit-“Vande Nandkumaram” set to Rag Kafi.

His admirers included Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Surashree Kesarbai Kerkar, Ut. Amir Khan, Pt. Kumar Gandharva, Ut. Vilayat Khan, Bharat Ratna such as Ut. Bismillah Khan, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Lata Mangeshkar, Playback singer-K L Saigal, great Kathak dancer-Lachchhu Maharaj, Music directors such as S D Burman-Naushad-Roshan-Husnalal Bhagatram-S N Tripathi-Shrinivas Khale and many more. They all were inspired with Ustadji’s musical personality.

He served at the present Faculty of Performing Arts-Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda as a visiting Professor for quite a few years. On being offered to migrate to Pakistan, he humbly refused and preferred to stay in Baroda and expressed his patriotism.

As per “India Today” His name appeared among 100 most influential personalities India of 20th century.

We humbly pay tribute to this great Musician of India.

(Source: 11/05/2013 – FB Group “Indian classical“)

Raga Suddha Kalyan, Maru Bhihag and Kamod by Ustd. Faiyaz Khan

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