Children are meant to be parents' biggest assets. And there are no words that can describe the happiness of a parent when their assets are appreciated by the entire world. Some of India's revered maestros often experience this feeling, but seldom do they get an opportunity to express it. And thus on the occasion of Father's Day 2017, Vivikta Entertainers Private Limited organised an event to celebrate the glory of fatherhood through music.
The musical extravaganza, titled “Prathaa: Celebrating Fatherhood”, was held at Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai, India on June 16. Prathaa is one of its kind musical celebrations that presents three distinguished maestros along with their offspring and unites them to showcase their mystic chemistry.
Sitar maestro Pt. Kartick Kumar with his prodigious son Niladri Kumar set off the event while the pakhawaj wizard Pt. Bhavani Shankar demonstrated the beauty of percussion with his son Uma Shankar.
Ustad Rashid Khan infused the magic of his voice with his daughter Suha Khan rendering Sufi numbers.
“The Mumbai-based organiser approached us for this live concert as my Dad (Ustad Rashid Khan) and I had an album together. As it was arranged to commemorate Father's Day, so this concept was called 'Prathaa: celebrating Fatherhood'. Basically, this was a concept to bring the next generation artistes on stage with their gurus and fathers,” Suha Khan told The Daily Star through a Facebook message.
“As I am a Sufi singer, I performed my own numbers and ghazals. My Dad performed classical music in the first half; while I performed in the second half, and the third half my Dad and I performed together. We had Murad Ali on sarangi, Satyajit Talwalkar on tabla, Anil Dhumal on keyboard, Nitesh Sowane on bass guitar, Amar Sangam on guitar and his son Sparsh, who is a talented young drummer, accompanied us,” added the talented singer.
“I am blessed that I was born as Ustad Rashid Khan's daughter, and I think he will always be the king of classical music. A son or daughter can never surpass such a magical music maestro. I dream of the day when I can sit beside my father and sing,” concluded Suha.