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CONCERT Catch a seven-sitar concert this weekend

Keeping it up A grand old tradition; Poornima Kulkarni lends vocal support
Keeping it up A grand old tradition; Poornima Kulkarni lends vocal support

U stad Bale Khan Memorial Trust, in association with Antara Artists' Collective, Bangalore, is hosting a Saptasitar concert, by the Khan Brothers of Dharwad at 5.30 p.m., on Sunday, February 13, at JSS Auditorium, Jayanagar 8th Block. They will be accompanied by Purnima Bhatt Kulkarni on vocals.

Saptasitar is a unique concert experience, conceptualised by the late Ustad Bale Khan, Karnataka's most acclaimed sitarist. Ustad Bale Khan in 1995, with the encouragement of Rukma Narayan, brought together all his brothers to play seven sitars, representing the seven notes of the octave at Kalakshiti in Bangalore, which was very well received by the audience. The saptasitar presentation last happened in Bangalore close to ten years ago.

After the unfortunate demise of Ustad Bale Khan in 2007, his son Hafiz Khan, who now lives and teaches in Bangalore, has formed the Ustad Bale Khan Memorial trust along with his brother Rais Khan (Pune). This year, they bring together their uncles and cousins to play with them to honour their father for his immeasurable talent and contribution to Hindustani music in Karnataka.

On the seven sitars we have Hameed Khan, Chote Rehemat Khan, Rafique Khan, Shafique Khan, Rais Khan, Hafiz Khan and Mohsin Khan. Tabla accompaniment will be provided by Abhijeet Banerjee of Kolkata.

Donor passes for the fundraising can be obtained by calling 96320 33600.


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