To pay homage to Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, Sargam is hosting a two-day musical festival at India International Centre here beginning this Saturday.
Ustad Munawar Ali Khan was son of legendary Hindustani classical vocalist late Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Both father and son belonged to the Patiala gharana of khayal gayaki. The gharana was called Kasur Patiala. According to Kumud Jha Diwan, both father and son were amazing exponents of the khayal as well as the thumri genre of Hindustani classical music. “Who can forget Bade Ghulam Ali Khan’s ‘Yaad piya ki aaye’ and ‘Ka karoon sajani aaye na balam’?” The late musician was also guru to renowned vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakravorty, who is now doyen of the Patiala gharana. On the first day of the festival, there will be a vocal recital by Loveleena Kumar, disciple of Ustad Munawar Ali Khan. She has earlier performed with Anup Jalota in India and the United Kingdom.
There will also be a vocal recital by Kumud Jha Diwan, who has been a regular participant at the festival. A disciple of Pandit Channulal Mishra, she will be paying homage to the late guru through a Banaras gharana thumri. She has conducted several lecture sessions at prestigious colleges in Delhi and has worked on a project of reviving rare thumris and tappas of Bihar.
On the first day, the star attraction will undoubtedly be Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, who has mesmerised the world with his pristine, pure and delicate yet fiery music and created his own Mohan Veena.
On the second and concluding day, there will be vocal recital by Sunanda Sharma, disciple of Girija Devi. Though her forte lies in khayal, tappa, thumri, dadra and chaiti, Sunanda has expanded her talent and repertoire to include Punjabi folk, Sufi and other devotional styles. Ustad Tanveer Ahmed Khan will present a vocal recital. He started learning music at the early age of five from his father, late Ustad Naseer Ahmed Khan, the legendary vocal maestro of Dilli gharana, his uncle Ustad Zafar Ahmed Khan and brother Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, current head of Dilli gharana.