Remembering Ustad Sabri Khan

Sarangi maestro Ustad Sabri Khan who played the Vande Mataram that rang through the Parliament a minute past midnight as India ushered in Independence in 1947, passed away recently. 

He was a part of the first ever orchestra set up at the All India Radio. And the musician who was brought to Nehru's sickbed in his last days in an effort to soothe him with melody. 

The ustad, who belonged to the Sainia Moradabad gharana, is credited by music historians for giving the sarangi a fresh lease of life. He had been among its first solo players, pulling it from a long, dark phase of ignominy when it was considered a "lowly" instrument that was an integral part of the courtesan culture. 

Read more in Times Of India
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