Thursday, February 3, 2011

11th Barsi of Abbaji

Homage to Abbaji 

Ustad Allah Rakha (Abbaji)

The earliest memory that tabla maestro Zakir Hussain has of his father, Ustad Allah Rakha, is as a four-year-old, who tagged along with him on multiple tours across the world.
Zakir Hussain and team pays homage to Abbaji at Shanmukhanand hall in Mumbai.(FILE)
After a hectic month of playing wedding planner for his daughter Anisha, Hussain is all set to perform at the eleventh barsi of his father at the annual concert in the city, which was put together in a little over a week “It was the coming together of the music fraternity. They took care of everything and made it so easy for me to put it together,” he said. 
This year, the concert pay tribute to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, who recently passed away.Hussain started training under the musical aegis of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi when he was barely six. “The music fraternity suffered a great loss with his passing. Last year, we lost the sarod exponent Ali Akbar Khan. It’s sad that we are losing our great musicians so rapidly. But the barsi concert is not about mourning, rather it’s about celebrating the legacy they’ve left behind.” 

Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain at the announcement of the 8th Barsi of Abbaji
The day-long concert will also feature a Brazilian percussionist, who is adept at reproducing sound of nature with his instruments. “If you close your eyes and hear him, you’ll be transported to the rainforest I promise,” concludes Ustad.

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