A report by M.A.Sheikh
thrilling concert of classical music hosted by Sadarang Archives was held
in London on 5th June 2004. The evening was adorned by the
performances of Ustad Hussain Bukhsh Khan Guloo and his two talented sons
Chand Khan & Suraj Khan. The hall was packed to capacity and included
veteran listeners of classical music.
Hailing from the Patiala gharana,
Ustad Hussain Bukhsh Khan was trained by his father late Ustad Nathoo Khan
who was a close disciple of the great Ustad (Colonel) Fateh Ali Khan of
Taan Kaptaan fame. Ustad Hussain Bukhsh Khan furthered his musical
knowledge under the guidance of late Ustad Salamat Ali Khan of the
Shamchaurasi gharana. Having been an eminent performer in both Radio
Pakistan and Pakistan Television for the past thirty years, Ustad Hussain
Bukhsh Khan is well versed in the intricacies involved in the major genres
of vocal performance including khayal, thumri, kafi and the lighter ghazal.
He is widely considered to be a musician’s musician and shows brilliance
and true professionalism in every musical recital. During his career, he
has toured United Kingdom, USA, the Middle East, & India and has won
laurels from the audiences. In India he received special accolades when he
was invited by the great Indian artist Lata Mangeshkar to give a
performance at her residence which lasted a marathon nine hours.
On this current tour, Ustad
Hussain Bukhsh Khan had the main intention of introducing his two talented
sons Chand Khan & Suraj Khan and they did not disappoint. The two
youngsters opened the concert with a brilliant rendition of raag Bageshri.
The vilambit khayal was set to taal Talwara whilst the madhlaya and drut
khayals were set to Jhaptaal and Teen Taal.
Showing great obedience and respect to senior musicians present in
the audience, the youngsters introduced themselves as students and gave
assurances that their performances would improve further with age. During
the course of the performance, the audience caught glimpses of the great
pair of Ustad Nazakat Ali Khan and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. The performance
was charged with fast flurry of notational passages and notable rhythmic
control. Following raag Bageshri, the duo presented a couple of rare
bandishes in raag Adana and concluded the first half with the rendering of
Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan’s famous thumri “Yaad Piya Ki Aaye”.
second half of the concert was devoted to Ustad Hussain Bukhsh Khan who
gave a scintillating performance of raag Marwa. The vilambit khayal was
set to taal Jhumra and he concluded the performance with a tarana in Teen
Taal. During the course of the performance, the maestro demonstrated the
various characteristic features of the Patiala and Shamchaurasi gharanas
and presented the styles of Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali
Khan and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. The ustad continued with a ghazal by poet
Sohan Rahi and concluded the concert with a kafi by Khawaja Ghulam Fareed
in raag Sindhi Bhairvin. Tabla accompaniment was provided by Saqib Razaq
who displayed considerable skill and measured discipline.
At the end of the concert, one
could not help but feel proud of such a great asset to the sub-continent
in the form of Ustad Hussain Bukhsh Khan. Furthermore, it was reassuring
to see, that the hardwork which the maestro had put into training his two
young sons had finally begun reaping rewards.
to view the night in pictures