BUENA PARK, CA – Bhai Mardana Institute of Music remembered Bahadur Singh, an eminent Tabla maestro of Punjab stylistic school (gharana) during its annual function held at the Community Recreational Center here on May 30. Distinguished guests paid homage to the maestro and a large number of classical...
Ms. Seema of Jaipur stylistic school presented Raag ‘Gond Malhaar’ and won the hearts of the music lovers. She was accompanied by Jaipal Singh on Tabla and Gopal Marathi on harmonium.
Raaginder Momi who hails from the Bay area, played violin and recieved lots of applause from the audience. He presented Zila Kafi,a piece of music originally composed by Ustaad Allauddin Khan. He was accompanied by Jasmit Singh on Tabla.Twenty-two years old Momi, while talking to IJ said he started learning violin when he was 11 years old and took formal training from Sisirkana Chaowdhury and Asish Khan. “Indian classical music is food for the soul and in addition to the music, it also teaches discipline, spirituality and humility,” he added.
The highlight of the event was ‘Tabla Jugalbandi’, a beautiful fusion of tabla by different players. To the surprise of the audience, Prof. Ranjit Singh, who had stopped playing Tabla and now only teaches the instruments to his disciples, played Tabla along with his pupils. Others who participated in the jugalbandi included Jasmit Singh, Sahib Singh and Jaipal Singh on Tabla and Hardeep Singh on ‘Taus’. Taus is a string musical instrument, made in the shape of a peacock and the word ‘taus’ is a Persian word meaning peacock. Describing his musical journey, Prof Ranjit Singh talked about the wonderful personality of his teacher, Bahadur Singh and said Tabla in itself was a language. He said we often hear Tabla but do not listen to it.
Sukhbir Kaur, niece of Ustaad Bahadur Singh said events organized by Prof. Ranjit Singh introduce everyone to the ‘swar’. She also presented a song in Raag ‘Pahari.’
Bhawandeep Singh presented an Urdu Gazahl ‘Dukh Ki Lehar Ne Chheda Hoga’ and a Punjabi song, ‘Zindgi ch Pyar Ik Waar Hunda Hai’. He was accompanied on Tabla by Harmohan Singh Happy.
American born Alam Khan, son of legendary Indian Sarod Maestro Ali Akbar Khan presented Raag ‘Manj Khamaaj’ and enthralled the audience with his amazing talent and skills. He was accompanied by Jasmeet Singh on Tabla.
Professor Ranjit Singh of Bhai Mardana Institute of Music thanked artists and guests for organizing the event. He specially thanked all the volunteers for their tireless efforts to make the event a success adding that the mission of the institute was to promote and teach Indian classical music to the younger generation.
Professor Surinder Singh Atwal, presenter and promoter of Akal Channel, England and Ravinder Kaur Pinky emceed the event.