The Enchanting age old Sarangi and the young Maestro Kamal Sabri.
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September 3-9, 2000
Generations come alive on the Sarangi
Kamal Sabri : Music of the ages for the ages to come

"The sarangi is the most difficult instrument to master for it is the only one that is played with cuticles which is very painful initially," says Kamal Sabri, an outstanding.

The sanmgi is made of a single piece of wood, skillfully carved with the hollow portion covered with goatskin.

The main strings are from the veins of a goat and the bridge or the ghuraj is of vory The bow or the gaz is of the abntis wood and the hair from the horse's tail There are about 35 to 40 strings that need to be tuned and that of course is done with the cuticles.


"The sarangis of yesteryears were better than the ones made today. It is not easy to get the right material and a perfect sarangi these days, even though the cost is a whopping Rs. 16000-18000," says Kamal Sabri.

Kamal Sabri is seventh generation of the Sainiya Gharana of Rampur- Moradabad. His father, Padamshri Ustad Sabri Khan, was the first to promote the instrument in Europe and America. Kamal started playing the sarangi at the tender age of five and has since then traveled all over the world enthralling audiences in the West Indies, UAE and South America, to name a few. He has performed for the BBC and Radio France and says that his concerts are more popular abroad than in India. In 1999, he successfully toured England, Sweden, France and Germany with the present three generation of players - Ustad Sabri Khan, Kamal and Suhail Yusuf (a ten-year-old grandson of Ustad Sabri Khan).



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