It was such a beautiful evening when Ustad Basheer Ahmad Khan along with his son and disciple Ustad Irfan Ahmed Khan and Ustad Shabbir Nisar, proud disciple of table maestro Ustad Shaik Dawood with his disciples Mr. Uday Kumar Nari and Mr. Pavan Kumar performed in the School of Humanities auditorium under the Campus Concert Series on 28.11.2016. It was a fine combination and reflection of the Guru Shishya parampara (tradition) of the Indian music. Ustad Irfan Khan is disciple of his father Ustad Basheer Ahmed Khan and the present day living legend of Sitar Ustad Shahid Pervez. Ustad Shabbir Nisar performed with his disciples. Ustad Shabbir Nisar and his disciples were accompanied by Mr. Pandit Dhanwant on Harmonium.


Prof. Panchanan Mohanty, Dean, School of Humanities presented the memento to the Guests and welcomed them to the University of Hyderabad.

The auditorium was jam-packed and a large number of the University of Hyderabad fraternity i.e students, teaching and non-teaching was present.

Ustad Irfan Khan mesmerized the audience with his Sitar performance. He played Raag DESH and Raag PILU. Raag Desh is a Hindustani classical raga whereas Raag Pilu is a raga of Indian classical music. It is mostly used in light-classical forms, like the Khayal, of north Indian classical style. In Raag PILU, Ustad Irfan Khan played a pahadi thumri


Ustad Shabbir Nisar played his solo performance as well as along with his disciples in teen taal, 16 beats. He also performed and explained various GATS and RELLAS with explanation and specialty between different schools especially the Delhi School and Ajrada School. He started his performance with a couplet from the famous Masnavi e Manavi of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi. He also emphasized that like every language, tabla has its own language. He played various GATS and TODAS of famous legends of Tabla like Haji Vilayat Hussain Khan and Ustad Shaik Dawood. He was finely accompanied by his disciples and their sangat was giving an impression that the Guru has taught all lessons to his disciples.


By Dr Md. Zahidul Haque, Cultural Coordinator