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Rudra Veena.

Rudra Veena.

Ce soir, je suis allée voir un concert organisé par  S P I C    M A C A Y (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth), une association fondée en 1977 qui organise dans toute l'Inde et en particulier dans les établissements scolaires des festivals, des concerts de qualité, des stages avec des artistes, des ateliers et des conférences en Inde mais aussi aux Etats-Unis, au Canada et aussi en Allemagne (pas la France aux dernières nouvelles...dommage).

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C'était donc le concert de Ustad Asad Ali Khan (accompagné de Pandit Dalchand Sharma ). Il joue du Rudra Veena dont voici la description que j'ai reçue dans le mail d'informations pour ce concert.

About Rudra Veena
The Rudra Veena is considered the mother of all stringed instruments.
Rudra Veena, as the old mythology tradition tells, was created by Lord
Shiva, while he was contemplating on the perfect beauty of his wife
Parvati. The oldest preserved portrayal shows a simple, one stringed
instrument consisting of a wooden tube with a gourd as resonance body.
The present day Rudra Veena features a hollow bamboo tube mounted on two
large gourds acting as resonators.  It has 19-24 frets fixed with bees wax
with four main strings and three side strings having a range of four to
four and half octaves. This vast range allows a master musician to display
all the nuances of a raga. The Rudra Veena was a popular instrument of the
yogis and ascetics. For them the play of the Rudra Veena united ritual and
meditation. It is said that the music of the Rudra Veena possesses the
power to lift up the consciousness of the musician as well as that of the
listeners and gives them spiritual liberation. With  extreme subtle
technique and aesthetic and the lifelong devotion and self-discipline
which is needed for mastering the instrument, the Rudra Veena becomes
today more and more an ambassador of the past times

About Ustad Asad Ali Khan
Ustad Asad Ali Khan is one of the few active masters of the Rudra Veena
today. He is the last surviving exponent of the Khandarbani - one of the
four schools (banis ) of dhrupad and represents Jaipur Beenkar Gharana.
His family traditions go back seven generations into the 18th century when
his ancestors were royal musicians in the princely court of Jaipur. His
great grandfather, the legendary Ustad Rajab Ali Khan and his grandfather
Ustad Musharraf Khan were famous been players in the court of Alwar. In
the early decades of this century, his father Ustad Sadik Ali Khan (1883 -
1964) moved to the court at Rampur. Ustad Asad Ali Khan was born in 1937
and began his rigorous training under his father for over fifteen years in
Rudra Veena and Vocals. Today, Ustad Asad Ali Khan is the undisputed
master of Rudra Veena. He has perfect command over its exacting technique
and his virtuosity on this instrument is unparalleled. He is noted for the
purity of his style as well as the mood of profound contemplation evoked
by his music. Ustadji displays a refined and sublime spirit that he has
developed through an unstinting devotion to the music.  Ustad Asad Ali
Khan is actively involved in preserving the ancient art form. He teaches
at the Delhi University. He has won several awards, including Sangeet
Natak Academi Award and the prestigious Tansen Award in 1994.

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Un concert impressionant et de grande qualité encore une fois. Beaucoup plus simple et intimiste que celui de vendredi dernier. Et beaucoup plus pédagogique: l'artiste expliquait ( en hindi) avant son concert, ce qu'est la Rudra Veena puis avant chaque morceau le rythme employé qu'il décomposait en le comptant