METRO PLUS

Music concert

Sangeeth Bharati Foundation is kicking off its schedule for 2005-06 with a Hindustani classical music programme Megh Sandhya, in two parts, at Town Hall on Sunday at 5.30 p.m. While Ustad Shafique Khan will play the sitar first, accompanied by Pandit Ravindra Yavagal on the tabla. He will be followed by a Hindustani vocal recital by Vidwan Mahabaleshwar Bhagavath.

The foundation conducts its annual activities between July to June every year. Megh Sandhya is free for all music lovers and is sponsored by Bank of Maharashtra, Mangalore Branch, Peeci Group of Companies, Mangalore, State Bank of India, Kankanady Branch and Syndicate Bank.

Vidwan Mahabaleshwar Bhagavath (top) and Ustad Shafique Khan

Vidwan Mahabaleshwar Bhagavath (top) and Ustad Shafique Khan  

Ustad Shafique Khan hails from a family of sitarists based in Dharwad. A seventh generation artist from the family, Ustad Shafique Khan began to learn the sitar from his father, Abdul Karim Khan, at the age of eight. His brothers Usman Khan, Bale Khan and uncle Dastagir Khan then guided him.

Vidwan Mahabaleshwar Bhagvaath hails from Honnavar taluk..He learnt music from famous vocalist S.M. Bhat of the Kirana Gharana. He blends both Kirana Gharana and Gwalior Gharana. He is equally at ease singingh khayals, tumris and bhajans. He is a teacher of Hindustani music at Manipal Academy of Music, Udupi.

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