On the occasion of the 36th Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroh 2008, the Department of Culture, together with Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, is organising a 4-day music festival, from 27th to 30th November, at the Nizam College grounds. Young and upcoming artistes will share the dais with some senior ones. Performers include sarangi player Sabir Khan, Carnatic vocalist Sudha Raghunathan, Hindustani vocalists Pandit Jasraj, Ratan Mohan Sharma, Hemang Mehta and Sanjeev Abhyankar, sitarist Niladri Kumar, Bharatanatyam dancer Subha Visweswaran, violinist Dr. N Rajam, renowned Mohan veena player Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and tabla player Kumar Bose.
Today, on the inaugural day, Sabir Khan will perform the first recital of the day - a sarangi recital. Sabir Khan was born in Jodhpur and belongs to the Sikar Gharana of music which has contributed several stalwarts to Indian classical music. He is the 9th generation musician to take up the sarangi. His great-grandfather, Ustad Azim Khan, was a court musician at Sikar (Rajasthan).
Sabir Khan was exposed to music when he was 6 years old, through his grandfather, Ustad Gulab Khan, and later on had his training from his father, sarangi player and vocalist Ustad Sultan Khan, and from his late uncle, Ustad Nasir Khan. He has performed with several renowned artistes, including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, ghazal maestro Ustad Gulam Ali, Talat Aziz, Asha Bhonsle and Lata Mangeshkar.
In memory of his late father Pandit Motiram, and brother Pandit Maniram, Pandit Jasraj, in association with the Department of Culture, organizes an annual music festival at the Nizam College grounds, where his father and brother taught music to several students. The festival has been on for the past 35 years.
Entry to the samaroh is free. Please contact the Department of Culture at 2324-2482 for further details.