Wednesday, January 27, 2010

An Evening of Semi Classical Music- Baat Chalat Nai Chunari Rang Daari

This rendition of the classical thumri contains some amazing sargam.
Also sung in the 50's by Geeta Dutt, Muhammad Rafi and Krishna Chonkar for Bollywood.

Baat Chalat Nai Chunari Rang Daari
Aiso Hai Bedardi Banwaari

An Evening of Semi Classical Music
Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan

Friday - Feb 12, 2010, 8:00 PM
Contact: Subhash Khanna - 514 865 018
Location: City Hall of Dollard-des-Ormeaux
12 001 De Salaberry Boulevard
Dollard-des-Ormeaux H9B 2A7
Cost: $150 per couple including dinner


Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan:

A member of a musical family that traces its musical lineage back to 500 years, Shafqat Ali Khan is the proud flag bearer of the Shamcharasi Gharana. This remarkable musical family is linked to two prominent court musicians in the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who was a great patron of the arts. Shafqat was a child prodigy and gave his first public performance at the age of 7 at the Lahore Music Festival in 1979. He has, since then gone on to perform widely in Pakistan and internationally, both at concert venues and at venues like the Smithsonian Institute and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

He has received many awards and accolades, both at home and abroad. In addition to carrying forward the classical tradition of his family or Gharana, Shafqat also is a master of Ghazal gaiki or singing a much loved genre in the Sub-Continent. His virtuosity also extends to Sufi singing and folk renditions of well-loved Punjabi and Saraiki music. He has recorded with many well-known labels like EMI (India), Nimbus (UK), Folk Heritage (Pakistan), etc.

Commenting on his performance, the New York Times says, “exuberant complications, in which melodic gestures join hand waving and synchronized finger-pointing to form an eloquent symbiosis”.

Audience comment from past Montreal event: I saw the show last evening and I was completely bowled over by the beauty of the songs and the performance of all. I have only one regret, not being able to buy a CD. Are there any? Where can one buy? Ginette Patenaude

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