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Strolling previous the chowk in Mumbai named after sitar maestro Abdul Halim Jaffer

Within the twenty second episode of our sequence on public areas named after Hindustani musicians, we go to the Bandra Reclamation in Mumbai. On June 19, an essential junction on this locality was named Padma Bhushan Ustad Halim Jaffer Khan Chowk. It’s named after sitar maestro Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, who lived within the space and taught scores of scholars over time.

Creator of the Jaffarkhani baaj or fashion of sitar taking part in, his inimitable method to sitar taking part in had an unpredictable high quality marked with super dexterity and rhythmic interaction. The tone of his sitar, the attribute use of sure instrumental gildings like krintan (actually means slicing, in instrumental method for plucked devices it refers back to the manufacturing of notes by plucking the string with the second finger of the left hand) and meend (lengthy glides between notes), taans (quick melodic passages) spanning three octaves, and fast musical reflexes that mirrored his quick-witted nature, stood out in his performances, and set him other than his contemporaries and seniors.

In an interview to me, Abdul Halim Jaffar Khan talked about that he got here to Mumbai together with his father on the age of 1. His father Jaffer Khan performed the rudra veena, sitar and was additionally adept at vocal music. Though he skilled below his father in vocal music, jaltarang and sitar, Abdul Halim Jaffar Khan was influenced by Babu Khan’s fashion of taking part in the sitar and began focusing his consideration on sitar after listening to him.

A bit earlier than 1935, the household moved to Dadar in Central Mumbai after having stayed for brief intervals at Grant Highway, Bombay Central, Dongri and Bhendi Bazaar, in South Mumbai. He moved to Mahim after his father handed away, and at last to Bandra.

He pursued a profession as a periods’ musician for movie music, as he noticed this as a viable technique of livelihood within the absence of standard Hindustani music concert events. He labored with a number of famous music administrators and sang and performed jaltarang as a periods’ musician on a few events.

A recipient of the coveted nationwide awards Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, he authored the e book accompanied by a CD ROM entitled Jaffer Khanibaaj: Innovation in Sitar Music.

In the present day we hear to 2 recordings that function his sitar recitals. The primary, recorded for Doordarshan, features a presentation of the raag Jaijaivanti, during which he performs an introductory aalaap adopted by two gats or instrumental compositions set to the 16-matra Teentaal. He’s accompanied by well-known tabla participant Faiyaz Khan.

The ultimate observe has an in depth presentation of the raag Pahadi. He performs two compositions, the primary set to the 16-matra Jat taal and the second to a fast-paced Teentaal.

Considered one of India’s main tabla gamers, Aneesh Pradhan is a extensively recognised performer, instructor, composer and scholar of Hindustani music. Go to his web site right here.



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