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Understanding ghazal

C. SURESH KUMAR
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Event A workshop on ghazal singing saw a good turnout of people from different walks of live. C. SURESH KUMAR

Sutradhar and Naadabrahma together conducted a three-day workshop on ghazal singing recently at Suthradhar office in Hyderabad. The workshop was helmed by Rajkumar Rizvi, a well known Ghazal singer from Mumbai.Ustad Rajkumar Rizvi is an acclaimed Ghazal singer and represents one of the few living legends of raga-based classical Ghazal gayaki in India. He was born in Rajasthan into a musical family, and received training from his father and guru Ustad Noor Muhammad of the Kalawant Gharana. Ustad Rizvi also has the credit of being the first disciple of Mehndi Hassan, the legendary Pakistani Ghazal maestro.

Rajkumar and his wife Indrani Rizvi run the Indian Music Institute as their mission to promote the importance and value of classical music and Ghazal gayaki among young talents by conducting workshops and performing all over India, USA, UK and Canada.

The participants of the workshop were selected based on their classical training and flair for ghazal singing. The object of the workshop was to enlighten the participants on the nuances of ghazal singing and how classical music forms major part of ghazals.

Rajkumar Rizvi taught few ghazals to the participants and also made them understand the verses in Urdu for correct pronunciation and how the rhythm and tempo should be maintained while singing ghazals. He was supported by his daughter Neha, a budding playback singer from Mumbai.

The response to the workshop was good considering that it was conducted for the first time.

Participants were from the 20 to 40 age group and came from various fields.


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