For Immediate Release: August 6thst 2014

Virasat Foundation Presents a Concert of Guru-Shishya Parampara


Surrey, B.C. – Virasat Foundation is proud to announce an exquisite concert of Guru-Shishya Parampara on Saturday September 20th 2014 at 7pm at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave, Surrey, B.C. The concert will be featuring world renowned musicians Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan (tabla) and Pandit Aloke Lahiri (sarod) with their respective disciples and sons Akram Khan (tabla) and Abhisek Lahiri (sarod).


Guru-Shishya Parampara or Master-Disciple Tradition is a centuries old tradition from India in which knowledge is imparted orally from the teacher to the student in a face to face setting. It is one of the most important traditions of the Indian sub-continent to acquire knowledge. The Shishya, or student, is totally dedicated towards their Guru, or master, and generally lives with their Guru for many years and so begins the father-son relationship. It is important to state that for the Guru, the Shishya signifies the continuity of their art and eventually as the Shishya becomes proficient in their art, they themselves become a Guru and have their own disciples to whom they impart their knowledge. In this way, musical knowledge and melodies or compositions are passed from generation to generation. This method of learning has stood the test of time and has ensured that many old compositions are still played and sung today. Guru-Shishya Parampara is also the cornerstone of all the Gharanas of music. On this occasion, Virasat Foundation will be releasing a special colour souvenir highlighting this rich tradition at the concert.


Virasat Foundation is honoured that these brilliant musicians are performing in this special concert. Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan is a legendary tabla maestro of India and is the foremost living exponent of the Ajrada Gharana of tabla playing. He is one of India’s most eminent tabla Guru’s and was recently awarded one of India’s highest awards by the President of India.


Pandit Aloke Lahiri is amongst India’s topmost sarod players and has performed for audiences throughout the world to great praise. He has learnt the Rampur Shajahanpur, Senia Maihar and Senia Bangash styles of sarod playing. He is a well-respected Guru and has many students who he has trained. His sarod playing reflects the true feelings and spirituality of Indian Classical Music.


Akram Khan is the seventh generation of playing tabla in his family. He learned tabla from his great grandfather Ustad Mohammed Shafi Khan and the great Ustad Niazu Khan and also his renowned father Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan. He has accompanied most of India’s top musicians including Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Sultan Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and many others. Akram Khan performed for Virasat Foundation in 2011 with Pandit Manu Kumar Seen.


Abhisek Lahiri was initiated into playing sarod at the age of 5 under the guidance of his father Pandit Aloke Lahiri. He is one of the youngest President Award winning “A” grade artistes of All India Radio and National Television-Kolkata. He has won the hearts of discerning audiences worldwide with his maturity, depth and perfection of playing. He previously performed for Virasat Foundation in 2010. Both Akram Khan and Abhisek Lahiri are amongst the top musicians of their generation in India.


Virasat Foundation is pleased to announce that they will be honouring both Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan and Pandit Aloke Lahiri for their outstanding contribution to Indian Classical Music and their dedication in upholding the rich traditions and culture of the Indian sub-continent. Virasat Foundation is delighted to be presenting this special concert of Guru-Shishya Parampara featuring these eminent Gurus with their celebrated sons and welcomes everyone to attend. This will be an opportunity for everyone to listen to sarod and tabla at its finest from some of India’s finest classical musicians. Please contact Virasat Foundation in advance for tickets. Tickets will also be available for purchase online at our website.


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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