Agence India Press
Jammu: Jammu & Kashmir’s district Rajouri was once again resonated with the sound of Sopori’s music at the concert held in the border area second time as part of the ongoing 5th SaMaPa Aalap Festival 2011 being presented by Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts in collaboration with Jammu & Kashmir Tourism.
The festival is now providing musical balm to the people living in the border areas creating cultural awareness and new avenues for the younger generation to come forward in the field of music.
Abhay Rustum Sopori, the Santoor maestro and music composer, credited for creating a new generation of music connoisseurs across the country bringing more recognition to the art and culture of the State of J&K at national and international level, presented a rare duet of Santoor and Sitar with Ustad Saeed Zafar Khan, one of the leading Sitar maestros of the country. Sopori and Khan were accompanied by Sarit Das on Tabla, a well known musician.
The recital showcased a beautiful blend of 2 different Gharanas and styles. They presented Raga Patdeep with brief Aalap and compositions in Teentaal. Abhay made the young students and the listeners sing with him the notes of the raga and the composition. Both the maestros made the recital very energetic with beautiful rhythmic and melodic patterns. The artists also explained the students few intricacies of the presentation, essence of Sufiana and Dilli Gharanas, musical interpretations.
In his address, Abhay said that the concert at places like Rajouri, RS Pora and other far flung areas is part of the SaMaPa’s vision to take music to the masses and he will take all possible steps to reach to all the people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir to propagate and popularize the music and culture of the country and distances cannot be a road block to this movement.
He also asked the young students to keep music and culture alive on their part too and come forward in the performing arts field. He said that this was his 2nd trip to Rajouri and he found a lot of talent which has to be nurtured and the institution should also move a step forward in the SaMaPa movement to revive the cultural heritage of the country.
He said that it a great opportunity to hear the great maestros live and the concert was a great experience for all who attended the concert. (AIP)
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