Birth Centenary Year Celebration of Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan Sahab

[Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, Shri Prateek Chaudhuri, Pt Kumar Bose, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt Shubhankar Banerjee, Shri Jyoti Goho remember Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan Sahab]
[Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, Shri Prateek Chaudhuri, Pt Kumar Bose, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt Shubhankar Banerjee, Shri Jyoti Goho remember Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan Sahab]
[Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, Shri Prateek Chaudhuri, Pt Kumar Bose, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt Shubhankar Banerjee, Shri Jyoti Goho remember Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan Sahab]
[Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, Shri Prateek Chaudhuri, Pt Kumar Bose, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt Shubhankar Banerjee, Shri Jyoti Goho remember Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan Sahab]

Calcutta, 17th June, 2011 (WBRi/OOBE): Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan Centre for Culture (UMAK) is celebrating the Birth Centenary Year of Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan Sahab on 19th June, 2011 at G. D. Birla Sabhaghar Auditorium from 6.30pm onwards. Artists will be Pt. Debu Chaudhuri and Sh. Prateek Chaudhuri – Sitar, Pt. Kumar Bose – Tabla, Ustad Rashid Khan – Vocal, Pt. Shubhankar Banerjee – Tabla and Sh. Jyoti Goha – Harmonium.

Khan Sahab Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan, the legendary Sitar Maestro of the 20th century, passed away in 1989, and in his name, to keep the tradition of Indian Classical Music alive, a centre was established in the capital, called UMAK Centre for Culture. This was done so that future generations would benefit and learn how to play music with restraint and purity. The Centre is devoted to the propagation and preservation of the traditional art of sitar-playing, this is the only Gharana in India which is maintaining the oldest tradition of sitar-playing with 17 Frets. This performance will be on the occasion of Khan Sahab’s birth centenary celebration (Born 20th June, 1911).

Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1968. In 1973/74 he received the title of D.Litt from Rabindra Bharti University. The Indian government appointed him as the Professor Emeritus in Education and the Cultural Ministry and gave fellowship. Some of the other musical awards conferred on him were Sitar Sudhakar – 1932, Tantri Vilas – 1973, Sangeet Ratnakar – 1974, State Academy Award – 1974, Senior fellowship and Emeritus – 1986, Bhuwalka Award – 1987, Tansen Award – 1987 and Special Honour University of Delhi – 1987.

Khan Sahab was the only surbahar player of India who used to play the been-ang with three mizrabs and that too, with the pakhawaj as an accompanying instrument only in pure dhrupad style. He learnt the art of pakhawaj playing in order to achieve perfection in the art of playing the surbahar with Pakhawaj.


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