The Enchanting age old Sarangi and the young Maestro Kamal Sabri.
 
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Wednesday, May 23, 2001
His enchanting sarangi notes have charmed million world-wide

Infusing new life into sarangi

MUSIC KNOWS no boundaries. In fact, it has the power to diminish the man-made political boundaries and no one, not even military dictatorship can control dictate its message of universal love and brotherhood. The classical notes resonating from the Sarangi of Kamal Sabri showed this in ample ways when he went to perform in the second World Music Festival organised of Rafi Peer group in Lahore, Pakistan recently.

Stalwarts like Ustad Fateh Ali, Ustad Ghulam Ali, Iqbal Bano and Farida Khanum attended the concerts running over 10 days where artists from UK, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Thailand, Italy, Malaysia and Indonesia and come to perform.

His nimble fingers played so well during the festival held at Alhamra, Qaddafi Stadium that the audience was simply spellbound. The music critic of one of the leading Pakistani dailies "The News summed up his performance as nothing short of a dazzling experience. "His playing gave me goose pimples like the Thoughts and Beats CD of Ustad Sultan Khan and Ustad Zakir Hussain, "wrote and critic. By the time Kamal returned home late in March, Pakistani audience had become his fan.

 

A resident of Asiad village in south Delhi, Kamal hails from Sainia Gharana of Rampur in Moradabad that has been living sarangi for past seven generations. Son and disciple of Padamashree Ustad Sabri Khan, who brought sarangi in the limelight as a main instrument of vocalist, Kamal at a young age of 24 years has created a niche for throughout the world.

Infusing a new life into this extremely delicate and mellow instrument consisting of 40 strings, Kamal has done extensive tours in UK, France, Scandinavian countries, Pakistan and South America to revive the interest of the audience in sarangi. The doyen in the making has been awarded the tile of Young Maestro by the Indo-Sri Lankan Cultural Council. Having performed at the Sab Rang Sangeet Sammelanm, 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 the Surmani award.

The recent visit to Lahore has given Kamal all the more reason to promote sarangi. " In a baithak held at the house of the noted Tabla Player of Pakistan, Ustad Tofu Khan I heard him saying that sarangi is dying, But my performance gave him hope. I want to transform that hope. I what to transform that hope into reality. It is the chief aim of my life," says Kamal who is a humble example of Guru-Shishya parampara in today's cutthroat competitive world.


 

 

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