All ears for the genius

Apr 14, 2014, 08:55 IST | Ruchika Kher

From Indian Classical to Rock 'n' Roll — Ustad Allah Rakha Khan’s music spanned diverse genres and stirred generations. With his 95th birth anniversary coming up later this month, the guide pays tribute to the icon with rare frames from his life and times

To celebrate his birth anniversary, every year, tabla legend Ustad Allah Rakha Khan’s family and friends come together and pay a musical tribute to him, titled The Journey Continues.... This year, the event will focus on Indian Classical, Western Classical and Jazz music.

Ustad Allah Rakha Khan with sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar at a concert. Pic courtesy/ Fazal Qureshi

Ustad Allah Rakha Khan in deep thought. Pics courtesy/ Fazal Qureshi

The concert will feature the coming together of musicians like Fazal Qureshi, Louiz Banks, Gino Banks, Rakesh Chaurasia and Sheldon D’Souza to name a few.

Ustad Allah Rakha Khan at a rehearsal with  (left) American-born violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin and (centre) sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar

A young Ustad Zakir Hussain on stage with his father, Ustad Allah Rakha Khan

“While Abbaji remains in our hearts, this musical tribute is a way to reminisce about him and his divine music. He was an inspiration for many and continues to be so,” says Qureshi.

Reputed artistes Ustad Zakir Hussain and Fazal Qureshi with their legendary father Ustad Allah Rakha Khan

American Jazz drummer Buddy Rich (left) collaborated with Ustad Allah Rakha Khan in 1968 for an album, titled Rich ala Rakha 

(Extreme left) Fazal Qureshi and musician Ranjit Barot (on his right) with Ustad Allah Rakha Khan on the tabla

On: April 28, 6.30 pm
At: St Andrews Auditorium, Bandra (W).
Call: 26459667
Tickets: Free passes will be available at the venue from April 25

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