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DrKashyap

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Dear sarangi lovers

You are all aware of some sarangi players getiing converted to vocalists. Now come out with the names of people who switched to other instrument from sarangi playing. I know three names. Feel free to write your answer here along with the instrument adopted, do not care for repetition by other members. Knowledge is never ending process. I may also come to know some more names through this. My answer after one week.
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jaan e kharabat

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Have not heard of any that switched to another instrument so this just a wild guess.

Chatur Lal's brother is a famous Sarangi nawaz, so perhaps Chatur Lal also played the instrument before switching to tabla?

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If there are just ''six tones'' in an octave [sic] then why have frets for tones that don't exist?
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DrKashyap

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Thanks Jaan saab for your interest. In fact nobody from that family played sarangi before Pt. RN. Yes his father played dilruba & percussion instruments.
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edited -*oops sorry answered the question without reading it correctly*
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David Berner

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So far I can only think of Brij Narayan, he learned sarod at age 7, but also learned sarangi then decided to stick with sarod because he likes it's combination of percussive & melodic qualities. For me it's really hard to come up with anyone else. I suppose once one gets addicted to sarangi it's hard to stop and move on to something less potent (nothing against any other instruments). Indeed a hard question. Thanks for the quiz Dr. Kashyap.
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DrKashyap

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Thanks David for the reply, but I am afraid this is not the answer. They should be established sarangi players at some stage of their life.
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DrKashyap

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One was Patiala gharana musician U. Abdul Aziz khan, who played beautiful sarangi with female singer Chhamiya. On getting humiliated by getting too less reward, he broke sarangi & picked up veena, took out all the frets & created new instrument vichitra veena or Batta bin. It was played with big oblong glass or stone (called batta) sliding over the strings. He earned much respect as binkaar too.After partition on India, he shifted to pakistan. His younger brother U. Habibali earned good name as binkar

Another person was U. Ahmed raza, a disciple of U. abdul aziz khan who also took to batta bin. His sarangi can be heard in older tracks with U. ahmedjan thirakwa. He has one or two albums of batta bin to his credit.

Third person though occasionally but definitely played saraswati veena, i.e. U. abdul karim khan (KIrana gharana vocal stalwart). His veena tracks were published commercially too. He was into sarangi playing in his early career.

This is to my knowledge & I will be happy if somebody can add to this list.
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Hope it is not too late to contribute....

Amir Khan

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"....gave up sarangi and took up singing..."

Pt. Ram Narayan in conversation with Regula Burckhardt Qureshi (1988)


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DrKashyap

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.. but this was asked in reference to the Sarangi players taking up another instrument.
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LOL ops:

Always read the question....always read the question....always read the question....

Now where is that big edit/delete button...???

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