Monday, January 1, 2018

TABLA MAESTRO USTAAD ALLAH RAKHA OR "EINSTEIN OF THE RHYTHM"






                                                                                 
                                          ( TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION )
                                                  (  USTAAD IS THOUGHTFUL)
                                   ("MY BLESSINGS FOR YOU ZAKIR. HUSSAIN")
                                      ( READING NEWSPAPER , USTAAD TURNS SERIOUS)
 (TA TA THAI THAI.. DIKTAA DIKK DIKK THAI ....A SIMPLE MAN . . USTAAD ZAKIR HUSSAIN WITH HIS FATHER ALLAH RAKHA .)

( WITH THE LEGENDARY TABLA PLAYER *AHMED JAN THIRKAWA(1892-1976). )

*Ahmed Jan Thirkawa was perhaps the greatest Tabla player world has ever seen. He was known for his swift and dazzling finger movements on Tabla. He was awarded Padam Bushan and sangeet natak Academy awards.

                 ( CHANGING  THE INSTRUMENTS... WITH RAVI SHANKER )
                                                                             

MOODS OF USTAAD ALLAH RAKHA ( 1919-2000 ).
"EINSTEIN OF THE RHYTHM"

Well known American percussionist and musicologist Mickey Hart called him " EINSTEIN OF THE RHYTHM". And this Great ustaad did all to Introduce Eastern Tabla Rhythms to the west . He was a tabla Wizard next to the legendary Ahmed Jan Thirakwa.Talented son Zakir Hussain is also following his father's footsteps.

When he died , the then president of India Shri K.R. Narayanan said:

"An uncommon pulsation has been stilled. His wrists, palms, and fingers produced from the tabla percussion of magical quality which maintained the tenor and tempo of India's uniquely assimilative musical culture." 

                                      


A proud Dogra and the son of a farmer, Allah Rakha was born at Ghagwal village falling in Samba district of Jammu.. He left his village when he was barely 12 years old to learn music from Mian Qader Baksh of the Punjab Gharana (Punjabi Gharana ) ..At the age of 15, he had learnt Tabla and moved to Pathankote and later to Lahore where he stayed for some years .In 1930, he joined the then AIR Lahore .In 1940, he joined AIR Mumbai as station's first ever tabla solo player . He also composed music for some Hindi films from 1943 to 1948.

His influence turned Global when he accompanied Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Allauddin Khan, Vilayat Khan, Vasant Rai, Ali Akbar Khan and more specifically Pandit Ravi Shanker in various performances .


Ustaad Allah Rakha had closest association with With Pandit Ravi Shanker and George Harrison .
As father and as a dedicated teacher , he taught everything of Tabla to his talented sons Zakir Hussain and Fazal Qureshi . His well known disciples include shankha Chatterjee , Prafulla Athalye, Aditya Kalyanpur, Anuradha Pal, Nishikant Barodekar, Uday Ramdas and Yogesh samsi .

He was honoured with Padamshri, Padambushan and Sangeet Natak Academty awards .

Ustaad was simple , god fearing and helpful person. Meeting any person from his land of birth would cheer him up. Dogri Sanstha jammu also honoured ustaad some years before his death and ustaad spoke fluent Dogri in his address during that event.

( Autar Mota )


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