Baithak: Ustad Roshan Khan enthrals audiences at PNCA

Discourse provides opportunity to young singers to meet with master musicians


November 12, 2018
PHOTO: PNCA

ISLAMABAD: Ustad Roshan Khan, a legendary classical singer of the Gwalior Gharana, and his brother Ghulam Abbas Khan sang the origin and evolution of their music on Sunday.

The musical discourse was held at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) auditorium in the federal capital as part of the PNCA’s ongoing series of musical programmes called “Baithak”.

During the programme, Ustad Roshan and Ghulam Abbas shed light on the 12 notes and principals of variations of music produced by the Gwalior Gharana.

They also talked about the importance of the music produced by their musical household.

The discourse provided an opportunity to young singers in the field to meet with master musicians and learn from them about the basic tenets of music.

Earlier PNCA Director General Jamal Shah paid tribute to Ustad Roshan for his services and contributions to the world of music.

Introducing Ustad Roshan, Shah said that he had been groomed under the tutelage of his late uncle Ustad Ahmed Ali Khan and father Ustad Rahmat Ali Khan of the Gwalior Gharana.

Ustad Roshan, Shah said, can be termed as an exciting prospect for the Pakistani classical music circuit.

Talking about the Gwalior Gharana, Shah said that it is considered to be one of the pioneering schools of ‘khayal’ singing alongside Kirana, Qawwal Bacchay, Talwandi and Agra.

The gharana is said to have been founded by Ustad Nathan Peer Buksh who was associated with the Gwalior Court. Its distinctive elements are the lucid and simple styles of singing.

It is one of the seven major gharanas of music in the Indian subcontinent.

His art was passed on to his grandsons, the legendary Ustads Haddu and Hassu Khan. Shah added that Ustad Roshan hails from a family of musicians who have been vocalists for almost 500 years. DNA

Published in The Express Tribune, November 12th, 2018.

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