Jalandhar, June 10, 2019: Lovely Professional University celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of ‘Tabla Wunderkind’ Ustad Allah Rakha Khan on June 8, 2019. The event was organised by the Department of Performing Arts at Shanti Devi Mittal Auditorium of the University. For this, six-hour long mega-musical programme was organised, where the grandson of Ustad Allah Rakha Khan, Shikhar Naad also performed.
In order to manifest the great contributions made to Tabla genre by Ustad Khan Sahib, nine celebrity musicians from across the country presented enthralling performances for thousands of LPU staff members and students. Sushri Unmesha Athavale Gangal, leading female Tabla Genius from Mumbai enchanted the audience through her excellent skills. The event put forth the best of Tabla Vaadan, Djembe Vaadan, Taar Shehnai Vaadan, and Vocal Recital from disciples of great masters of different Gharanas.
Commonly reputed as 'Allaji' to the world and 'Abbaji' to his students, King of rhythms, Ustad Alla Rakha Khan had a rigorous training in the early stages of his life, which made him that greatly worshipped musician of the world. As a teacher, he was also extremely loving, gentle and encouraging.
In addition to Sushri Athavale Gangal, Tabla Vaadan was also displayed by Harmeet Singh, Disciple of Ustad Allah Rakha Institute of Music; Jaidev Ji, Senior Tabla Maestro from Patiala; Surjeet Singh, Disciple of Ustad Joginder Singh; and, by Satpinder Saifi, Disciple of Shri Jagmohan Sharma.
Djembe Vaadan was made by Shikhar Naad and Raagjot Singh, both disciples of Ustad Taufiq Qureshi. They also shared their knowledge about the Djembe Vaadan and the type of musical instrument for the same. Vocal recital was made by Angad Singh, Disciple of Ustad Mazhar Ali Khan and Ustad Jawaad Ali Khan of Kasoor Patiala Gharana. This all was topped by added melodious Taar Shehnai Vaadan by Isher Singh, Disciple of M. Rajan.
Prior to this, welcoming all the celebrity musicians at the campus, LPU Executive Dean Dr Sanjay Modi shared that the Performing Arts Department at LPU is regularly guiding and inspiring its students through such classical organizations for illustrious achievements.
Many of its students have shared great performance and also participated in many TV Reality Shows of Sony, ZEE, Colors and other channels to bring laurels to the university and themselves. Some other students of the department have also been honoured at Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival Awards’ Ceremony too.