Enjoy ghazal with symphony as Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, Rasika Sekhar and Deepak Pandit get ready to
For the first time in the City of Nizams, the ghazal concert is getting a revamp. Legendary singers Pankaj Udhas and Talat Aziz will be performing alongside upcoming talent Rasika Sekhar with a complete orchestra headed by Deepak Pandit. The stage will have 12 string sections, two percussions and dholak, two tablas, keyboard, guitar and multiple flute in a format that hasn‘t been attempted before.
Speaking on the upcoming symphony, Padmashree awardee Pankaj Udhas says, “We hope we will manage to keep the magic of ghazal and poetry alive even after altering the format.” Udhas will be rendering a few of his famous tracks such as Deewaron se milkar, chitti aayi hai and chandi jaisa rang.
Another stalwart who will be performing is Talat Aziz. A student of maestro Mehdi Hassan, he talks about the challenges they faced while fusing ghazal with symphony. “Ghazal has a lot of gayaki (repetition of a particular line) and this was the main issue. However, Deepak has organised the orchestra in such a way that it helps me sing or recite the gayakis whenever needed which suits my style.” The 59-year-old singer, who will be touring Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai soon, revealed that he would be releasing his new single Apni saanson mein by the year-end.
The evening is then wrapped up by the promising talent – Rasika Sekhar. A flautist, she has also flourished under the guidance of Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan Sahab as a vocalist. “I will be emphasising on the poetic angle of the songs by Mehdi Hassan and Begum Akhtar and this will be a different feel to this genre of music,” says Rasika, who was born in Dubai, and now based in the US.
The trio along with violinist Deepak Pandit will be performing at the Sound of Silence – A Ghazal Symphony at Sandhya Convention, Gachibowli on Sunday, October 23 from 6.30 pm onwards. Entry per head. `3,500. Details: 9704846948
— Nishad Neelambaran