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
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).