Zakir Hussain and his brother Fazal Qureshi set to steal a rare show in Mumbai

Sunday, 15 December 2013 - 8:04am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Sahodar will feature some of the greats in the world of classical music.

Mumbai will witness a unique classical music concert — Sahodar: Siblings in Performance – where different pairs of musician siblings will perform. The concert will feature tabla wizard brothers Zakir Hussain and Fazal Qureshi, mandolin maestros U Srinivas and U Rajesh and the celebrated Chennai Kanjeera duo V Selvaganesh and his brother V Umashankar on the ghatam.

“Considering each one of them, getting them together on stage in pairs can itself be magical. We decided to compound that joy by getting all the six together,” said Shashi Vyas, director of Pancham Nishad, which is organising the concert. “Each brother has his own style of presentation and when brothers come together, the audience is treated with two different profiles of the same content,” said Vyas.

The concert will begin with the Kanjeera maestro duo, V Selvaganesh and his brother V Umashankar. Sons of the Grammy award winning percussion and rhythm maestro Vikku Vinayakram. Selvaganesh is best known for his mastery over Kanjeera, a Carnatic tambourine like hand-drum. Umashankar, who began performing at the age of 10,  has been playing with all top Carnatic, Hindustani and Western musicians in tala-vaadya kachcheris in traditional, jazz and fusion genres with his group Chennai Blues and Mallari.

Selvaganesh told dna, “I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to share my musical life with my siblings.

Being a part of it with the greats like Ustad Zakir Bhai and Mandolin Srinivasji, along with their siblings is even more exciting.”

Echoing him U Srinivas said, “We look forward to Zakir Bhai, as playing with him always has been a great experience in my musical journey.” This sought after duo, have been performing at concerts since they were nine and ten respectively and have been critically acclaimed by the likes of John McLaughlin.

Ustad Zakir Hussain, who is synonymous with rhythm will weave magic with his tabla along with brother and tabla ace Fazal Qureshi. Qureshi said, “It’s a fulfilling process for me to be performing with the greatest tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussian. For me, Zakir bhai is not only an elder brother, but a Guru too. It’s enriching to be performing under the scion of the Punjab Gharana and I’m looking forward to it.”

Dec 19 at Shanmukhananda Auditorium, Sion, 6pm

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