maestro Kamal Sabri in New Delhi
Sarangi is an
instrument which is classical yet fashionable — replete
with hundreds of colours and rife with emotions of pathos,
yearnings and romance," says young maestro Kamal Sabri.
Representing the seventh generation of illustrious sarangi
players, Kamal has already carved a niche for himself at
the international level. Endeavouring to popularise sarangi
and Indian classical music across the globe, the young ustad
says sarangi is the music "Of the eternal human soul".
With a passionate
belief that sarangi really means "saurangi', he asserts
that "it will continue to charm diverse audiences for all
ages to come. Full of life and colour, the instrument produces
emotional notes which has a soul-stirring effect,"
Infusing a new
life into this extremely mellifluous instrument, Kamal is
credited with taking initiatives in holding concerts for
revival of interest in the instrument through extensive
tours in the U.K., France, Pakistan and South America. Attempting
to revive the "guru-shishya" parampara, he has infused new
life into the Indian classical music scene through cultural
exchange programmes and specialised institutes.
"The idea is to ensure opportunities
for the performers along with gainful employment to attract
young talent," he says.
As the seventh generation
scion of the "Sainia Gharana" of Ram-pur in Moradabad, Kama!
is the son of the illustrious sarangi player and Padamshree
awardee, Ustad Sabri Khan Sahab.
The young ustad
has been awarded the distinction of the "Young Maestro" by
the Indo-Sri Lankan Cultural Council.
however, are not only restricted to classical compositions.
He has also collaborated with musicians like Ricky Niles from
Barbados, Haul Bjorkenheim from Finland and Jukkatolo-nen
Presently working on his new music album, Kamal seeks to create
music which is accepted universally and assimilated internationally.
"The beauty of fusion music is that it brings together diverse
music strands while retaining the individual music style,
flavour and soul," Kamal says, adding that "the richness of
the sarangi lies in the fact that it appeals to the sensibilities
of people gracefully. So even when played for a fusion composition,
the rendition of notes and pieces will not detract from the
at the Sab Rang Sangeet Sammellan, Haridas Festival and the
Heritage series of concerts under the aegis of Indian Council
For Cultural Relations (ICCR), he is also the recipient of
the Best Instrumentalist award and Surmani among others.
With a heart set
on music and a passion for sarangi, the young maestro makes
no bones about the fact that "his beloved instrument needs
It will remain
an enchantment of the human heart for all times to come,"