Festival of Indian Instrumental Music
An NCPA Presentation
The Indian subcontinent abounds in a variety of musical instruments, and a considerable specialisation is displayed in instrumental usage. Instruments present music solo, provide melodic or rhythmic accompaniment, or produce drones. The eighth edition of this festival will showcase four instrumentalists wielding instruments from different categories – string-plucked (sitar), string-bowed (violin), air-blown (shehnai) and drums-percussion (tabla).
Each day at 6.00 pm, Dr. Suvarnalata Rao will present a pre-event talk on instruments presented on the respective days.
Shakir Khan (sitar)
Yogesh Samsi (tabla)
Trained by his father, eminent sitar maestro Shahid Parvez, Shakir Khan represents the eighth generation in the unbroken lineage of Etawah-Imdadkhani gharana. With remarkable control over the idiom and expression of the instrument, he has performed in major festivals across the world and also participated in international fusion projects. Son of the renowned vocalist Dinkar Kaikini, Yogesh Samsi has trained with legendary tabla gurus such as H. Taranath Rao and Alla Rakha. As a matured tabla player, he has had the privilege of presenting solo recitals and also accompanies top ranking instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers in India and overseas. He also trains several youngsters in the Punjab tradition of tabla.