Renowned sitar maestro Ustad Abdul Latif Khan mesmerised a select gathering of music aficionados with his performance at “Sangeet ki Mehfil” to pay tribute to one of the great sitar players on Wednesday night.
The programme was part of the Rawalpindi Arts Council’s (RAC) efforts for the revival of classical music and musical instruments, said a press release issued by the council in Rawalpindi.
Ustad Latif Khan performed for two hours without any break, presenting various raagas. He has been playing sitar for over 50 years. In recognition of his services to the art, he has been bestowed upon various national and international awards, including Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
He has visited various countries and earned laurels for the country with his performances.
Ustad Latif Khan has produced only four students in his career, because “learning sitar is not a child’s play as it takes minimum three years of constant struggle”.
The ustad is a complete school of thought and a great asset of Pakistan, remarked Naheed Manzoor, director of the RAC in her welcome remarks.
Hundreds of people with their families thronged the arts council to enjoy the performance.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2012.