Saudha is celebrating the life and music of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan

Saudha Society of Poetry and Indian Music, one of the top-notch platforms for Indian classical and global music in the West, is hosting a grand celebration of the life and music of India’s one of the all time greatest maestros Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. The session will be streaming live on Friday 2 April at 3pm (UK) through Saudha’s Facebook Page and their YouTube channel. 

This unique celebration will feature a talk on Bade Ghulam Ali’s music and performances as a tribute to his music. Many living legends of Indian subcontinental music will join this virtual celebration and this includes Ghazal king Ustad Ghulam Ali from Pakistan, Tabla Maestro and torch-bearer of Benaras Gharana of Tabla tradition Pt Kumar Bose from India, the grandson of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Ustad Raza Ali Khan from Pakistan, Violin maestro Vidushi Kala Ramnath, Tabla maestros Pt Tanmoy Bose, Pt Shubhankar Banerjee, Pt Abhijit Banerjee, Sarod maestro Dr Pt Rajeeb Chakraborty, acclaimed vocalists Pt Shantanu Bhattacharyya, Vidushi Sanhita Nandi, Pt Chiranjeeb Chakraborty, Indian slide instrumentalist Sri Narasimhan Ravikiran, vocalist Sri Sriram Parsuram, Sitarist Sri Ramprapanna Bhattacharya, vocalists Minakshi Majumdar, Koyel Bhattacharya, Sarodist Sri Subhasis Banerjee and co-founder of Kala Sangam Professor Dr Geetha Upadhyaya OBE.

“This celebration on 119th birthday of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali is an opportunity for all music lovers to explore the life and the music of one of the greatest vocalists of the world of the 20th century” t m ahmed kaysher

The director of Saudha, poet T M Ahemd Kaysher said, “This celebration on 119th birthday of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali is an opportunity for all music lovers to explore the life and the music of one of the greatest vocalists of the world of the 20th century through analytic discussion by other living maestros. Saudha will endeavour to continue with bringing life and music of other legends and pioneer of Indian classical music like Tansen, Amir Khasru, Ustad Alauddin Khan, Ustad Amir Khan, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt Onkarnath Thakur, Ustad Bismilla Khan and so on,” Kaysher continued, “Saudha will soon introduce poetry-theatre for art-loving audiences in the West, an experiential production that combines music, theatre and poetry in live venues once the Covid lockdown restrictions are over.”     

Founded by Indian classical vocalist Srimati Chandra Chakraborty and Bengali poet, as well as fiction writer T M Ahmed Kaysher, Saudha became widely-known for its experimental hypnotic presentation of Indian classical music and its seamless amalgamation with world-poetry, dance and other global music.

Saudha hosts Bangla Music Festival, Ghazal, Thumri and Kheyal Festival, Festival of devotion, Festival of Joy and happiness every year in addition to its experimental year-long events all around the country. Saudha’s events were staged at Edinburgh Festival, SouthBank Centre, Queen Mary University, City University of London, Rich Mix, Carriageworks Theatre, Seven Arts Centre in Leeds, Mac theatre in Birmingham,  Nehru Centre, Keats House, Poplar Union and many other art venues of London and other cities.

Useful links: 
Facebook Page from which the event is streaming live from
The Event Page


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