The Enchanting age old Sarangi and the young Maestro Kamal Sabri.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2000
Portrait of an artist as a Sarangi Player
Kamal Sabri

When agile fingers play on the strings of a sarangi, producing mesmerizing music that brings forth ecstasy, romance and yearning for more, one would know that the music is from none other than than Kamal Sabri. 24-year-old Kamal inherited the dexterity to generate soulful music from his father, renowned Padmashree Ustad Sabri Khan Sa'ab. Kamal says, "Of course I inherited this rich tradition from my father who is also my guru. But what really inspired me was when I saw him perform with world famous artists like the Beatles and Ravi Shankar." Kamal is an international performer and has been conferred numerous awards and accolades. He has also performed on both national and international stages. In India, he has performed at Sab Rang Sangeet Sammellan, Haridas Festival, and Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammellan and the Heritage Series of Concerts under the aegis of ICCR. He also gets the credit of being the youngest performer at the youth programme organised by the SPIC MACAY. Given the khitab of 'Young Maestro' by the Indo-Sri Lanka Cultural Council, he has made a mark for himself and for the Indian classical music at the international level. Touring intensively for almost six months a year, he has performed as a solo artist and an accompanist in UK, Finland, West Indies, Pakistan, UAE, Germany, and South America. But this was not served in a silver plate. What went behind was rigorous training and complete commitment. He says: "I have been practicing ever since the age of five and it's almost a ritual to practice six hours daily (two hours each in the morning, afternoon and night)."



Starting at a very young age, Kamal's first performance was recorded by the Doordarshan when he was only six. "However, I still remember when I gave my very first public performance with my father at a concert when I was 12.I was quite nervous and like all first timers wanted to do my best. In the beginning, I was quite jittery but when I saw the audience appreciating and responding to the tune of my sarangi, it boosted my confidence."

Apart from music and sarangi, Kamal loves reading and visiting religious places. He adds: "I love to mix with people, find out about their culture, religion and interest. When I am performing abroad, I am an artist and not a celebrity and I try to spread this message everywhere. This is when I interact and mingle with people." However, his favourite pass-time remains composing fusion music that generates interests among listeners of all ages. He has collaborated with some well-known musicians to create interesting fusion trends Ricky Niles from Barbados, Raul Bjorkenheim from Finland, Jukkatolonen from Sweden.

Kamal dreams of starting a music school that will give all the aspirants an opportunity to master and spread this dying art across the world. According to him, "Sarangi needs more attention be it in terms of more opportunities and exposure for performers along with gainful employment or opening of an institute to propagate this art form among Indians and foreigners which would be an encouragement to young talents to return to Sarangi." HT Horizons wishes him all the best in his future endeavours!



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