From devotional music in temples, to uplift spirits in battlefields, keeping the eight watches of the day in palaces, celebrating weddings to classical music of the concert stage – the beautiful and versatile SHEHNAI cannot fail to impress, especially in the hands of a master of the calibre of SATISH PRAKASH QAMAR.
Satish trained in the vocal tradition under the great singers of the Delhi Gharana, Ustad Chand Khan and Ustad Nasir Ahmed Khan. He is therefore able to play in the gayaki ang on a reeded oboe type of blown instrument. A simple instrument with seven holes, in the hands of Satish, comes alive with fast movements as well as fast and very slow vibrato and glissandi. Satish revels in not only playing classical North Indian ragas but also the romantic style of thumri as well as folk styles such as chaiti, dadra , dhun. He learned the shahnai from his father and brother but also took inspiration from the doyen of shehnai players Ustad Bismillah Khan.
Satish Prakash Qamar is accompanied by his students Tilak Parsad, Jia Lal and Pramod Kumar, who provide exhilarating support. On tabla is the inimitable Gladwyn Charles; and in true traditional style there is also the dukka, a drum associated with the shehnai, played by Yogendra Prasad.
Sun 27th May 2007 Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Thur 31st May 2007 workshops, Asia Music Centre London (AMC)
Tue 5th June 2007 Tate, St.Ives, Cornwall
Wed 6th June 2007. The Anvil, Basingstoke
Sun 10th June 2007 Queens Hall, Edinburgh
Tue 12th June 2007. Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London