Haroof, a monthly series of curated evenings, a revival of the Baithak tradition, seeks to create a community of discerning music lovers that celebrate saaz-o-mausiqui. Haroof in Urdu stands for `alphabet` which are strung together to make a verse, which in turn, form a bandish or a ghazal.
The evenings originate from the motivation to make Hindustani classical music a universal, unforgettable experience and to create a blueprint for artists and audiences around the world to appreciate, promote and become one with the magnificence of music. A desire to celebrate tameez and tehzeeb that is reminiscent of the era of a high culture gone by.
The artists who will feature in this series will span genres across Sufi Kalam, ghazal, geet, ragas to jazz fusion, Bengali and Punjabi folk music. The second in this series will feature vocalist Shibani Sur. In this baithak, ShiBani will be performing some thumris and bandish apart from a few ghazals and qawwali to complete the spectrum of expression that she favors. Accompanied by Akshay Jadhav on Tabla, Momin Khan on Sarangi and Deepak Marathe on harmonium, ShiBani will be an aural delight in cahoots with her Tanpura.
She will be regaling us with Banaras ang Thumri gayaki, a few rare ghazals in different ragas, Sufi Kalam by Amir Khusrau, and Naat - a form of prayer without any instrumental accompaniment.
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