The sitar concert by Shahid Parvez scheduled for 12 August 2006 in Islamabad has been cancelled.

This cancellation is due to the extension of Shahid Parvez’s tour in Europe. He would now be returning to Delhi too late to guarantee a visa in time for visiting Islamabad.

Concert Alert from FAME

Foundation for the Advancement of Music Education

Live in Islamabad

Artist: Ustad Shahid Parvez, sitar

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2006

Place: Islamabad Club auditorium

Time: 9 pm

Seating: Limited – Rs. 1000, Rs. 500

Seat assignment would be determined by the order in which requests are received. Early reservation is encouraged to avoid disappointment. Entry passes would become available for distribution on August 5, 2006.

The concert is organized in collaboration with the Rauf Ansari Foundation and with the support of Vinci Construction.

Contact: Umair Jaffar – umairjaffar@yahoo.com – 0333-524-4299

Note: Ustad Shahid Parvez will perform in Lahore on August 17 (organized by the All Pakistan Music Conference) and in Karachi on August 19 (organized by the Rauf Ansari Foundation).

The Artist

Ustad Shahid Parvez, generally acknowledged as one of the finest sitar players in the world today, is among the most sought after and recorded artists: to date over 60 CDs and DVDs of his art are available.

He was born into one of the Indian subcontinent’s foremost, most illustrious and most influential musical dynasties: his father, with whom he began his training, was Ustad Aziz Khan, son of Ustad Wahid Khan of the Imdadkhani gharana (school or style of music-making with a trackable lineage), also known as the Etawah gharana.

Shahid Parvez’s extended family includes such luminaries as Ustad Vilayat Khan and Ustad Imrat Khan. The sitar and surbahar (the deeper voiced member of the sitar family of instruments) figure prominently in the family lineage. In his case the gharana is renowned for an instrumental approach known as gayaki ang (singing style) in which the human voice is expressed instrumentally. Ustad Shahid Parvez has innovated in his approach to the sitar, combining the gayaki ang with the tantrakari ang (instrumental style). He is also considered one of the foremost rhythm innovators in North Indian Classical music.

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