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Karkala: Sitarist Ustad Rafique Khan charms Belman

Karkala: Sitarist Ustad Rafique Khan charms Belman

R B Jagadish
Daijiworld Media Network - Karkala

Karkala, Jul 25: Internationally renowned sitarist Ustad Rafique Khan mesmerized the audience with his soulful music accompanied by Trichi  K R Kumar on ghatam, P K Santosh from Kannur on morching, Rajesh Bhagavat from Mulky on table, and renowned guitarist Rajgopal.

The event was held at St Joseph Higher Primary School, Belman on Wednesday July 24. The venue was packed with students.

The programme was jointly organized by Sangeetha Bharathi Pratishtana of Mangalore and Pambur’s ‘Parichaya’ forum.

The students sat in rapt attention even as they were treated to a variety of songs like 'Saare Jahan se Achcha' to 'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara' and many more for over two hours. The jugalbandi created by the various artistes charmed the young audience. At the end of it, the students took home the memorable experience of watching and listening to a maestro live in action, something that would cherish for the rest of their lives.

Ustad Rafique Khan briefed about Indian musical instruments, their sounds and gave a demo.

“Learning to play musical instrument is necessary for proper mental balance. Due to the present electronic media, classical music and traditional instruments losing value. Passing over this rich tradition to future generation is the need of the hour and a small attempt has been made by organizing this programme,” he said.

Belman church parish priest and convenor of St Joseph educational institutions, Fr Lawrence B D'Souza, Karkala zone educational officer Ravishankar Rao, physical education officer, Babu Poojary, area resource person Jayanthi Shetty, Belman Jaycee president Raghunath Nayak Punaroor, Belman gram panchayat former president Mallika Rao, Alwyn Neri Pinto of Belman Rotary, secretary of district primary school teachers association Lakshmikanth Bhat, teachers and parents were present.

PRO of ‘Parichaya’ organization B Pundalika Marate sponsored the programme.

Anil D’Sa welcomed. Headmistress Sr Monica welcomed the artistes by offering flowers.

Chief secretary Prakash Noronha Pamboor, member Lucas D’Souza Pamboor were present.

Fr Lawrence honoured Ustad Rafique Khan and co-artists by offering shawl, memento and garland. He lauded them for the programme.

Ustad Rafique Khan was born in Dharwad into an illustrious family of accomplished musicians belonging to the Gwalior Gharana. His father, the late Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, was a distinguished sitarist of his time, while his grandfather, the late 'Sitar Ratna' Ustad Rahimat Khan was accredited for adding the base octave in the sitar. He won the prestigious 'Sur Mani Award' from Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai, at the young age of 23 years, and All India Radio has rated him as a top ranking artiste and has broadcast his recitals on its national programmes. He is the first sitarist to be awarded top grade from South India.

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    Sat, Jul 27 2013

    It is as always exciting to see/hear about my childhood school. keep it going. Clara D'Mello

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  • Rita, original Belman/Germany

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Nice to hear that such a wonderful Event in Belman took place.historical I would say.Hope People as well as children will appriciate and conduct such Musical Event in future too and who knows one hidden Talent will comeout out of our village and shine in the sky of big stars one day.

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  • lancelot M D souza, kankanady mangalore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    i completed my primary education in the same school from 1963 to 1970 and thereafter high school studies in BOARD HIGH school belmannu. now iam 57 years old,but my memories are young and i feel one among those children.

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    Thu, Jul 25 2013

    Nice Musical Concert at my Primary school and very happy to see my School after long time

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 25 2013

    Muslim artists have immensely contributed Indian music be it instrumental or pure classical vocal since decades.It is great Indian heritage.
    Presently one such artist Mr.Fayaz Khan from north Karnataka is famous for singing Kannada Dasara Padagalu and Bhajans.He runs class for teaching singing of Bhajans,kerthans to young children.One should listen to his melodius singing which is soul stirring.

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman/Washington,DC

    Thu, Jul 25 2013

    Nice to see my School after long time.

    Good going,,, keep it up folks...


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  • Langoolacharya, Belman/Washington,DC

    Thu, Jul 25 2013

    I would like to place on record my gratitude to the person who disagreed with me for this comment.



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  • Nischal Ferrao, Belman / Muscat

    Thu, Jul 25 2013

    Good to hear this from my primary school. I wish our school to have many more similar programmes which promotes contribution towards the culture.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Thu, Jul 25 2013

    Misquith Baab
    Some will say Kiss Ka
    Some will say Gadhon Ka
    Most will say (90%) Kissi Ka Nahin

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    Thu, Jul 25 2013

    Bismillah Khan Shanai Maestro
    Zakir Hussain Tabla Maestro
    Aur Rafique Khan Sitar Maestro
    Aur Salman Khan,..kisk ka Maestro?

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  • Shivachandra M S, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 25 2013

    Good work and it also Inspires kids to learn and get into world of Music and Fine Arts.As now a days many become Doc's and Eng's ,But music can be also adapted as a side income and knowledge and it also provide rest to our brain and also relaxation.

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  • Deepak Shetty, Qatar

    Thu, Jul 25 2013

    Nice to see pictures of my primary school. Even after couple of decades it has retained its originality.

    It is good to know that school is organising such events which would help in promoting our Indain Music and Culture.

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