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MUMBAI: Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar has accused tabla whiz Ustad
Zakir Hussain of unprofessional and immature conduct while performing
with him at Shanmukhananda Hall here on Saturday evening.

In front of a shocked audience of 3,000-odd music lovers, Zakir Hussain
had yanked the microphone from its stand in front of his tablas.
Panditji was playing "Maaj Khamaaj" at the time. Hussain was upset
with the quality of the tabla sound. He had gestured to the technician
that the volume of his microphone should be adjusted, but apparently
this was not done.

Zakir's act upset the audience since it could only hear Ravi Shankar
and his daughter Anoushka. They kept up a steady chant of ''We want
tabla'', following which Zakir put the microphone back in its place
and continued playing.

Ravi Shankar (86) said he was shocked by Zakir's behaviour. "I have
known him since he was a kid. I did not expect this from him. These
days some artistes play fusion music and suchlike and are used to loud
music. As an instrumentalist, I like the sound of the accompanists to
be about 20% lower than the volume of my sitar. This is standard
practice. If at all Zakir had any problem, he should have indicated it
to me. But his behaviour was totally unjustified," he told TOI on
Monday from New Delhi.

An office-bearer of the Shanmukhananda Sabha blamed Ravi Shankar's
wife, Sukanya, for the commotion. "She interfered with the sound
arrangements and kept instructing the sound in-charge so as to
highlight the performance of Panditji and Anoushka."

We have spent about Rs 2 crore on Shanmukhananda's acoustics and it is
the best in the country. If we had been allowed to handle the system
there would have been no problem," he added.

Sukanya, however, refuted the charge. "I don't know anything about
sound engineering. But as a music lover, I felt that something was
wrong with the music emerging from Zakir's mike

I was sitting next to tabla artiste Tapan Bose and asked him if Zakir's
sound was okay. He told me that it was not and that is when I told the
sound in-charge to raise Zakir's volume.

How can this be construed as interference? My husband and daughter
Anoushka were playing and I only wanted the best quality music.

In fact, their monitor was not up to the mark because of which they
could not hear their own music properly.

Panditji has hearing problems and he needed to be helped. I respect
Zakir and I cannot imagine doing anything to downplay his performance,"
she said.

Zakir was performing in Bhopal and was unavailable for comment.
However, his secretary, Nirmala Devi, said "We would not like to
comment on this issue."

If he could sing, and nature to accompany him, what need would he have for an instrument?

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Wow. What does one say?

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Just let it go . Politic has nothing to do with indian classical music, and nothing to do in this forum.


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(Not politics, just the news...)

Music greats to help realise Indian Music Academy
Sunday February 12 2006 21:36 IST

MUMBAI: When maestros like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Gangubhai Hangal, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Kishen Maharaj and Lata Mangeshkar come together for a cause, it is a success in the making.

These five personalities have chosen to promote a venture that promises to be the first-of-its-kind in the country: The Indian Music Academy. It has been set up by this website's newspaper and Art and Artistes, a five-year-old organisation working in the fields of music and entertainment.

Says IMA spokesperson Durga Jasraj: “We thought it was high time Indian music got the attention it deserves. Musicians in our country require a formal platform on which to grow and be recognised and with this academy, we intend to supply that.”

With Ustad Zakir Hussain as the academy ambassador, Lata Mangeshkar and Pandit Ravi Shankar as honorary patrons and the support of the entire classical music community, the organisation has already made a headstart.

“The academy is dedicated to promoting all genres of music in the country, but the foundation remains classical,” says Jasraj. “We intend to focus on promoting new talent and connecting with the next generation. So, many musical maestros and patrons have come on board.”

The academy's agenda in the first year is primarily launching a nationwide talent search. It also plans to have 12 concerts a year, introduce awards for genres of Indian music and initiate a medical scheme for artistes.

Listening classes will be held for formal students of music, in which accomplished musicians will introduce another's work.

Louis Banks, another patron, says: “In today’s educational environment, musical aspirants do not get time and support from their family or society. With the IMA eventually intending to take regular batches of students and tie up with music institutes abroad, the future seems more promising.”

The organisers have also planned a launch, where maestros Pandit Jasraj, Dr Balamurali Krishna, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Dr Lalgudi Jayraman, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Asha Bhosle, Javed Akhtar, Louis Banks and Pyarelal_will come together for a unique event.

If he could sing, and nature to accompany him, what need would he have for an instrument?
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