For Immediate Release: June 19th 2010

Virasat Foundation Presents Mystic Rhythms of Punjab

Surrey, B.C. – Virasat Foundation is proud to announce their upcoming concert of Indian Classical Music “Mystic Rhythms of Punjab” on Saturday July 17th 2010 at 7pm at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey, BC. The tabla solo concert will be featuring world renowned tabla maestro Ustad Abdul Sattar Tari Khan accompanied on sarangi by the world famous Pandit Ramesh Misra.

On this occasion we are proud to announce that we will be honouring Ustad Abdul Sattar Tari Khan with the title of “Pride of Performance” and will be releasing a special colour souvenir brochure dedicated to him and his contribution to Indian Classical Music. Virasat Foundation previously honoured Ustad Lacchman Singh Seen in 2002 and Ustad Sultan Khan in 2004 with this award and also released souvenirs in their name.

The Punjab Gharana or school of tabla playing, which evolved from the pakhawaj, produced many legendary tabla players. Amongst the musicians who have popularized its style is Ustad Abdul Sattar Tari Khan. He is undoubtedly one of the finest tabla players in the world today and is known for his virtuosity and his vast knowledge of the Punjab Gharana.  He is considered to be a musical genius and has contributed immensely to preserving and promoting our great musical heritage. Born into a family with a rich musical lineage going back to Bhai Mardana, he started learning the art of tabla playing from the great Ustad Mian Shaukat Hussain Khan at an early age. He flourished into one of the most versatile tabla players known today. A classical tabla player of the highest order, he has accompanied many legendary artists such as Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Sultan Khan, Ustad Mehdi Hassan and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to name a few. He has performed all over the world to much acclaim and has been recognized and honoured at the highest level. His creative accompaniment of ghazals was trend setting and his famous international keherwa is unique in the world of percussion and has been very well received.

Pandit Ramesh Misra is amongst the very few high ranking and gifted sarangi players in the world today. He will be accompanying Ustad Abdul Sattar Tari Khan on sarangi. He was initiated into sarangi playing at the age of five by his father Pandit Ramnath Misra. He acquired further knowledge and training from Pandit Hanuman Prasad Mishra, Pandit Gopal Mishra and the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. He is one of the most sought after sarangi accompanists, having accompanied all the top Indian artists in concerts worldwide. He is also a fine soloist and has several recordings to his credit.

Virasat Foundation is delighted to be presenting this concert with these great artists and welcomes everyone to attend. This will be an opportunity for everyone to listen to tabla at its finest in what will truly be a memorable concert.

About Virasat Foundation:

Virasat Foundation is an organisation dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich culture, traditions and heritage of India. Virasat means what belongs to all of us, what has been handed over to us by earlier generations and that which we have to hold on to and pass on to the next generations. It is this Virasat that makes us what we are and will contribute to our next generation what they will be. Our mission is to preserve, promote and develop what is best in Virasat in its full grandeur and hand over to our coming generations a treasure greater than what our last generations handed over to us. This includes providing a climate for holding concerts and various social activities, perpetuating the cultural aspects such as Indian classical music, folk music, fine arts, etc., conducting educational programs, promoting Indian languages and traditional medicines and other services to the people.

 For Further Information:

Bhupinder S. Malhi 604 765 3063 or Jaspal S. Randhawa 604 897 4512

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