ASIAN SCENE : Indian Prince of Ghazal returns to delight fans

Saturday February 20 2016

By ALLAUDIN QURESHI
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The romance and melody of traditional ghazal never ceases to fascinate. Poetic compositions, skilfully woven into intricate ragas, coupled with soulful renderings provide for an

unforgettable experience for promoters, performers and fans.

The news of a forthcoming Ghazal and Sufi music concert, featuring Indian prince of Ghazal Jazim Sharma, has been received by Kenyan fans with immense delight.

Jazim is scheduled to perform at the Oshwal Academy Theatre on Saturday March 12. This is the singer’s second concert in Kenya and is being promoted by mother and son musical

duo of Avninder and Pritam Virdee. Proceeds from this concert are set to benefit humanitarian projects that are run by Karuna Charitable Trust.

Jaspreet is Jazim Sharma’s real name. He hails from Punjab. His love for music and formal training in the classical music of the Kirana house of music commenced at the tender age of

four.

During his musical journey young Jazim won a Gold Medal at National Level in India in Ghazal and traditional Thumri singing. Later at the prestigious Saregamapa musical contest in

2012, apart from being a finalist, he was awarded the title of Shahzada e Ghazal (Prince of Ghazal).

During his upcoming Kenyan concert, Jazim will be accompanied by our own ace percussionist Pritam Virdee.

A musician turned promoter, Pritam is a much sought-after Tabla player not only on the local music scene but internationally. His latest notable performance was in Mumbai at the

world famous Ghazal Bahar Concert. Whilst in India, he not only performed alongside Jazim but had an opportunity to share the stage with iconic ghazal maestros Bhupinder and

Mitalee, Anup Jalota, Ashok Khosla and Chandan Dass.

The co-promoter of the concert is Avninder Virdee, Pritam’s mother and an extremely talented Kenyan Sitar player.

The delivery of ghazals by Jazim in  Urdu during his last concert in Kenya created an aura of love, romance and nostalgia.

Advance booking plans will open soon, so brace yourself for the concert and assist in bringing happiness to the less fortunate.

Elsewhere the annual Karoga Premier League, a creative and much adored cook out competition organised by East FM commences next Sunday.  I will have more about this Karoga

Competition for readers later.