Maestros in Concert featuring Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain
Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:30 PM
Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton Street
Shivkumar Sharma one of India’s most popular and revered classical musicians, is India’s greatest living santoor player. He has single-handedly brought about a revolution in the development and history of his instrument, both re-designing and re-defining it. If the santoor today needs no introduction, it is due to his work and genius, since he has brought this little-known Kashmiri folk instrument to the classical concert halls of India and the world.
The santoor was known in India as the “Shata Tantri Veena” or the hundred-stringed lute. Unlike other string instruments which are usually plucked, the santoor is played by striking the strings with two curved hammers made of walnut. The santoor was first presented on the classical stage by Shivkumar Sharma in Bombay in 1955, when the maestro was only 17 years old. Used in the early decades of the twentieth century to accompany a style of singing known as Sufiana Mausiqi, the santoor is thought to have been spread around the world by itinerant Gypss.
Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but earned him worldwide fame. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. The favorite accompanist for many of India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers, he has not let his genius rest there.
The tabla, the premier North Indian classical percussion instrument, consists of a pair of single-headed tuned kettledrums. The left-hand drum, banya, is made of an alloy of copper and silver with a goatskin membrane and provides a bass note of indefinite pitch. The right-hand drum, tabla, has a hardwood body and the membrane is stretched by a number of thongs and eight wooden blocks which are used for tuning the drum to the keynote Sa. In the center of the membrane there is a small black circular area composed of a dried paste made from flour, iron and manganese filings and other ingredients. This increases the resonance of the drum considerably. Each drum stroke has its own particular name: Na, Ta, Dha,Dhin, Trik, and so forth, and the rhythmic patterns are transmitted orally through these onomatopoeic names.
We are hosting a Pre-Concert dinner with a full buffet catered by India House. If you would like to join us please call to reserve your space. $20 a person 904-389-6222. Reservations for the dinner are not available on line.
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