The Enchanting age old Sarangi and the young Maestro Kamal Sabri.
 
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Monday, August 7, 2000
For him, sarangi has a hundred colours
Young 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.

Kamal's renditions, 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 from Sweden.

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 feelings."

Having performed 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 more attention.

It will remain an enchantment of the human heart for all times to come," he adds.


 

 

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