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It was not only a retrospection of the hours and years spent learning under his tutelage but also a glimpse of his teachings as the three adherents gathered to remember their guru late Pandit Kishan Maharaj.

Written by Tanvi Salkar |
May 5, 2009 3:10:07 am

Offering Shradhanjali to late pandit Kishan Maharaj,his disciples were in the city to remember the connoisseur through music

It was not only a retrospection of the hours and years spent learning under his tutelage but also a glimpse of his teachings as the three adherents gathered to remember their guru late Pandit Kishan Maharaj. Paying a tribute to the legend of Benaras Gharana and the renowned tabla nawaz known to play cross rhythms and produce complex calculations,his son Pandit Puran Maharaj,disciple Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and son in law Pandit Narendra Mishra,assembled last evening for a musical offering,Shradhanjali organised by Naad Brahma Music.

“It is exactly a year ago that Maharaj passed away and today as we pay a tribute along with the remeberence,there is also the pride of spreading the legacy that he taught us. He would visit this city often and has given many performances here. He was an extremely austere teacher who has conferred on us knowledge in all its purity and originality and an induvidual with mastery over many skills from painting to horse riding,” says Pandit Puran Maharaj.

The experts also expressed concern over the sheathing of classical music by experts. “These days more than the Sur or Taal music has politics imbibed in it. Artists are forgetting the education of raag. The approach of the people towards clasical music is receding. Artists who do riyaaz do not get the oppurtunity and people who havent learnt it properly are applauded. These day even the gurus tend to mislead,their knowledge too tends to be restricted. The kind of depth that I have delved into under his guidance will hardly be found in any tabla player in current times,” says Ustad Kausar Ali

Recalling their guru the artistes also spoke on the importance of respecting classical music adding,“No music is bad but any artist must know its roots,and may it be western music or folk music its roots are in classical music. Retrieving to the source to aquire knowledge is very important. Pandit Kishan Maharaj was a legend and one important advice he gave us was that death does call for mourning,it is the knowledge he has passed on that must stay and we are pleased to multiply it.”

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