8th April 2024

Melody of Mist & Shadows: A Tribute to Ustad Rashid Khan – Artists Revealed!

Get ready to be captivated by an evening of Hindustani musical excellence as we as we unveil our artists presented in Melody of Mist & Shadows: A Tribute to Ustad Rashid Khan. Embark on a journey through classical and semi-classical melodies, promising an enriching experience for music enthusiasts of all ages.

Act 1: Johar Ali Khan – A Musical Virtuoso As the newly appointed Chair of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Johar Ali Khan brings with him a wealth of musical expertise and a legacy of unparalleled performances. Hailing from the prestigious Patiala Gharana of Rampur, Johar Ali Khan’s mastery of the classical violin has mesmerised audiences worldwide. From prestigious stages to international events, his soul-stirring compositions have earned him accolades and admiration. Serving as a cultural ambassador, Johar Ali Khan has represented India on numerous occasions, composing music for global initiatives and spreading the essence of Hindustani music across continents. With a career spanning decades, Johar Ali Khan continues to inspire and captivate audiences with his enchanting melodies.

Act 2: A Tribute to Ustad Rashid Khan by Srimati Koyel Bhattacharya and Sri Kuntal Das In a heartfelt tribute to one of Hindustan’s finest classical vocalists, Ustad Rashid Khan of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, Act 2 promises an evocative journey through timeless melodies. Ustad Rashid Khan (July 1968 – January 2024) was a luminary in Hindustani classical music. His journey began in Sahaswan, under Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan’s tutelage. Renowned for emotional depth and melodic elaboration, Rashid Khan’s style blended Gwalior and Rampur-Sahaswan gayaki. Awarded the Padma Shri, his contributions transcended borders, captivating global audiences. Despite battling prostate cancer, his passion for music remained undiminished until his passing. Rashid Khan’s legacy endures, enriching the world of Indian classical music with his timeless melodies.

Led by senior disciples Srimati Koyel Bhattacharya and Sri Kuntal Das, under the guidance of poet Ahmed Kaysher, this presentation pays homage to the profound legacy of Ustad Rashid Khan.

Srimati Koyel Bhattacharya, an Indian Classical Vocalist in the Hindustani tradition, is celebrated for her profound khayal performances. Trained under the tutelage of her Guru, Ustad Rashid Khan in the Rampur Sahaswan Gharana, Koyel’s exceptional expertise in Sargam, Taankari, and Tarana sets her apart as a leading female vocalist of her generation. With numerous accolades and prestigious performances to her credit, Koyel’s unique tonal quality and singing style have garnered widespread acclaim both nationally and internationally.

Born into a musical family, Sri Kuntal Das embarked on his musical journey at a young age under the guidance of eminent mentors. Under the discipleship of Pt. Subhankar Banerjee of the Farukhabad Gharana, Kuntal Das has undergone rigorous training and has had the privilege of performing alongside renowned artists across the globe. His mastery of the tabla and dedication to his art form have earned him recognition as a prominent accompanist in both classical and commercial settings.

With heartfelt renditions and soulful performances, this tribute honors the unparalleled contributions of Ustad Rashid Khan to the world of Indian classical music.

Produced by the Saudha Society of Poetry and Indian Music and Sampad, this double bill promises an evening of cultural enrichment and musical splendor. Join us as we celebrate the enduring legacy of Hindustani music and pay tribute to the luminaries who have enriched our lives with their artistry.

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