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Consulate General of India presents - Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, commemorating 70th ann. of India's Independence / The South Asian Times

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In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of India's Independence, Consulate General of India in collaboration with The American Academy of Indian Classical Music (AAICM), presented Indian Classical music of the Kirana Gharana by Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan on Friday, September 15th at the Consulate ballroom.

In his introductory remarks, Prof. Akeel Bilgrami, Prof. of Philosophy at Columbia University & Vice-President of AAICM, spoke about his close personal connection to the Gharana and the musical significance of the Kirana Gharana and its musicians to the evolution of Indian classical music.

For the concert, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan presented north Indian classical music specifically of the Kirana Gharana which is his family lineage. He started his performance with a chota khayal in Raga Puriya Dhanashree followed by a couple of compositions in Raga Shankara. He delighted the audience with a lilting chaiti (of the light classical tradition) in between, Yehi thaiyan motiya hairayee gaile Rama. He also presented an uncommon Raga, Chandra Prabha which is a creation of a Kirana Gharana, Ustad Faiyaz Ahmed Khan. He concluded his performance with a composition in Raga Khamaj and a Taraana. He was accompanied by Dibyakar Chaterjee on tabla and Kedar Naphade on harmonium.

The program was attended by large number of members of the cultural community in New York City and Tri-State area.

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