Superlative Sitar

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Sitarist Ustad Mokhsin Ali Khan (front right) with his team

The recently held Sitar performance, SANGEET, was a wonderful musical experience.

Organised by Greentown Indian Cultural Society (GICS) together with the Indian Cultural Centre Kuala Lumpur, it featured a sitar performance by maestro, Ustad Mohksin Ali Khan, ranked as one of the best Sitarist in the world and his team from New Delhi, India.

Mohksin, 47, learned the sitar under his uncle Ustad Wazir Ali Khan and well-known musician-composer Pandit Partho Das. Mohksin’s style now successfully blends the best of both his teachers in the renditions of his music.

The one raga played that night featured over 100 variations. The majority of the audience that night, when asked, stated they thoroughly enjoyed the show.

The show that night was held at the Multi Purpose Hall at the State Secretariat. Although admission was free, the attendance only half filled the hall.

Posing with the committee of GICS. 2nd from left is GICS President Subain Singam

According to GICS President, Subain Singam, the society’s goal is to make Ipoh a place of performances for Indian Music and Dance every month.

Their next event on Sunday 24 July is Ghazal which is Hindustani Classical Songs with a lot of wonderful & beautiful ragas (melodies) sung by Suman Devgan, one of the top Ghazal singers in the world. She will be accompanied by four top class musicians. All of the performers are from New Delhi.

Entrance again is free and held at the same venue. The event starts at 7.30 p.m. For enquiries, Subain Singam can be contacted at 012-5056049.

JAG