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Jennifer Kapoor always wanted Ustad Zakir Hussain to perform at the Prithvi Theatre. “Unfortunately,this was never to be during her lifetime,” recalls her daughter and director of Prithvi Theatre Sanjna Kapoor.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: February 23, 2009 4:28:26 am

Prithvi’s Memorial Concert schedule drums up interest

Jennifer Kapoor always wanted Ustad Zakir Hussain to perform at the Prithvi Theatre. “Unfortunately,this was never to be during her lifetime,” recalls her daughter and director of Prithvi Theatre Sanjna Kapoor.

Over a month after her demise,on February 28,1984,Hussain and Sharma performed on her birthday. Event was held in memory of Jennifer and in celebration of her dreams and the beautiful Prithvi Theatre which she built and breathed life into.

“With this,an annual tradition was born. Ustad Zakir Hussain pays homage to the memory of Jennifer on her birthday every year with a truly unique arrangement of musicians from various styles,gharanas and forms,” says Sanjna. This unbroken tradition completes its silver jubilee this month. And as usual,the Ustad has designed and curated the four-day programme.

The mood for the memorial concert was set on February 7 when Eric Harland and Ranjit Barot engaged an audience of drum enthusiasts through demos as well as in conversation with Hussain at a workshop. This was followed by a superb performance by the two drummers-accompanied by Sridhar on mridangam and Shabir Khan on sarangi.

On Saturday,the Prithvi Theatre returns to the very first ever memorial concert with the santoor maestro Sharma’s performance-accompanied by the Ustad. The evening will culminate with Ghatam Vidvan Viku Vinayakram and the Ustad drumming up a feast for music lovers.

The Talking Jazz Quartet,on Thursday,will feature Zakir Hussain,Louis Banks,Ranjit Barot and Sheldon D’Silva while on the following day Taufiq Qureshi and his friends will fill the air of the Juhu hub with their beats.

The bonus for the memorial concert attendees will be an exhibition of photography by Rajani Kapse. She has spent years capturing magical moments of the maestros and their music. “My love for music makes pictures for me,I just happen to have the finger on the shutter release button. I have some very rare photographs of music maestros of our great tradition of Guru-Shishya Parampara,of the great Ustads and Pandits,only because I happened to be at right place at right time,” she adds.

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