An evening of classical music

Madhur Tankha

NEW DELHI: One of the foremost representatives of the Rampur Sehaswan gharana, Shanno Khurana, will regale Delhiites with Hindustani classical music at the 37th Sabrang Utsav "Shradhanjali" at India International Centre here on August 27.

A highly creative artiste, Shanno Khurana excels in the entire gamut of vocal Hindustani music like khayal, tarana, thumri, dadra, tappa, chaiti and bhajan.

After receiving her early training in Hindustani music from Professor Raghunath Rao Musalgaonkar, Shanno Khurana became a disciple of the late Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan and his son, the late Ustad Ishtiaq Hussain Khan.

No doubt she is the custodian of many rare compositions of the Rampur Sehaswan gharana.

In a pioneering effort to make classical music accessible to the common man, Shanno Khurana has composed, directed and sung five successful full-length concerts. These include Sohni Mahiwal in Punjabi (1963), Jahanaraa in Urdu (1970), Chitralekha in Hindi (1973) and Sundari, adapted from the famous novel by the same name penned by Bhai Vir Singh in 1979-80.

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