Ghazal maestros to perform today

DUBAI - Reputed ghazal maestros Ustad Ahmed Hussain and Ustad Mohammed Hussain, who have spell-bound generations with their rendition of the purest form of the musical tradition, are here in Dubai to perform at a 'Shaam-e-Ghazal' at the Emirates Auditorium of Crowne Plaza today. The concert is in aid of the worldwide charity organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

By Debasree S.

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Published: Thu 27 Feb 2003, 2:17 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:26 PM

Born in Rajastan, the versatile singing duo have mastered genres like classical and bhajans apart from ghazals. Starting off as classical and thumri artistes, they have evolved as masters of ghazals over the last four decades. Their first album Guldasta, released in 1980, proved to be hugely popular and since then they have about 65 albums to their credit.

The musical concert in Dubai, being organised by Rashmi Panchal and Rahat Dave from R Reflections, is a
n endeavour to highlight the cultural heritage and musical traditions of India and sponsored by Indian Airlines, Khaleej Times and 106.2 Hum FM Events. The programme will see the ghazal maestros perform to a large audience who will be treated to some of their favourites compositions. The programme starts at 9pm and is likely to continue for two and a half hours. They will be accompanied by four musicians on tabla and sarangi.

Addressing a Press conference yesterday, Ustad Ahmed Hussain said that this would be his third performance in Dubai after 1982 and 1999. "We have been loved and appreciated here and it is always a pleasure to return each time to perform in front of a discerning audience," he said, ruing the fact that the appreciation of the classical music had been eroding, particularly among the younger generations.

Ustad Mohammed Hussain talked about the importance of building up a climate for the traditional form of music and admitted that their compositions had failed to gain the kind of publicity that they deserved at home. "This is because we have not compromised our musical values for the sake of commercialisation."

The organiser Rashmi Panchal said: "Over the past two years, Dubai has been a melting pot of varied cultural activities like plays, music concerts etc. To this we would like to add pure flavours that come from traditional form of arts. Ustad Ahmed Hussain-Mohammed Hussain are such performers who have remained pure to the style of ghazal gayki in spite of the temptations of pop culture."

Earlier Mr R.C. Kathuria, Regional Manager Gulf, Indian Airlines, the main sponsor of the event said that the national flag carrier had always deemed it an honour to be associated with an event that would promote India's rich musical tradition while contributing at the same time for a noble cause.

Geraldine Gallagher, in-charge of public relations MSF, thanked the organisers, artistes and the sponsors for donating part of the proceeds to help raise funds for MSF.

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