‘Kahe Kabir’, a musical art and cultural treat organised by the Kozhikode-based Travelling Artists Collective

For the lovers of Kabir’s celebrated couplets, it was quite a musical feast on Friday. And for some others, it also offered a visual treat with some on-the-spot sketches by 10 artists.

When some theatre aficionados eagerly watched a play, a few sat around a bust of Tagore on the courtyard of the Tagore Centenary Hall to listen to some enlightening sessions on the mystic poet.

‘Kahe Kabir’, a musical art and cultural treat organised by the city-based Travelling Artists Collective, was a rewarding experience for those who set their heart on knowing more about Kabir’s universal view of spirituality in an artistically blended setting.

The idea of hosting the creative attempt came from an informal collective of over 20 likeminded people, well-versed in their own field of music, art and literary activities.

“It was the third time we hosted such a programme with a view to introducing the mystic poet to the younger generation, incorporating various cultural items and making them aware of the concept - universal spirituality- preached and practiced by Kabir,” said P.P. Shanawaz, one of the organisers of the programme.

When percussionist- musician Hari Narayanan came up with an astounding instrumental version of the famed Dohas, the team had everything to think of an unusual gathering with focus on Kabir’s couplets.

Compositions

Over 10 celebrated compositions of Abida Parveen, Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Kumar Gandharv and Pandit Jasraj took a rebirth in the attempt of the 10-member instrumental ensemble led by Hari Narayanan on mridangam. Those supported the rhythmic tribute comprised Ahmed Inrahim on sithar, Saji John Milton on violin, Nazeer Ahmed on tabala and Sasi Pookkad on bamsuri.

“For several years, I have been investing my time and attention on grabbing the spiritual essence of Kabir’s Doha and its justifiable conversion into instrumental music. It was a much rewarding and painstaking experience,” said Hari Narayanan.

“The two-hour performance was made possible with the selfless support of other instrumental musicians too, who had the passion to unite for a meet in the name of Kabir,” he shared.

The Tagore Centenary Hall and its surroundings were selected for the programme as Tagore, an admirer of Kabir, had introduced the mystic poet’s ideology to the outer world through the celebrated translation ‘One hundred poems of Kabir’.

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