Zakir Hussain (tabla), Ananth Krishnan (mridangam), Shikhar Naad Qureshi (djembe) & students of Ustad Allarakha Institute of Music (tabla & Jodi pakhawaj) with Sabir Khan (sarangi)
In this recital, the repertoire and the idiom of Punjab Gharana tabla, as envisioned by the inimitable maestro Allarakha (1919-2000), will be presented on three percussion instruments: tabla, Jodi pakhawaj, and djembe, by the representatives of two generations.
The name of Alla Rakha`s son and disciple, Zakir Hussain, is synonymous with the tabla today. His virtuosic musicianship has helped raise the profile of the instrument to the highest international level.
The second generation is represented by Shikhar, Allarakha`s grandson, who carries forward the idea established by his father and Guru, Taufiq Qureshi, of expressing the tabla repertoire on djembe, a drum of African origin.
The second generation will also be represented by six students of Ustad Allarakha Institute of Music, being trained by Fazal Qureshi, the second son, and disciple of the grand master. Besides tabla, the presentation will include Jodi pakhawaj, an upright pair of drums also associated with the Punjab region.
The event will also include recitation of traditional repertoire (padhant), highlighting the significance of the tabla mnemonics (bols) in composing and formation of a sophisticated language of tabla.
Anantha Krishnan is young mridangam player who is a disciple and grandson of legendary mridangam player Palghat Raghu.
The melodic framework is provided by Sabir Khan, the son, and disciple of the iconic sarangi exponent, Sultan Khan.