An Ustad is helping Kerala discover Hindustani ragas

A music academy begun four years ago in a village ambience at Padapparamba, near here, is set to take Hindustani music learning to the world famous Bhendibazaar Gharana of Indian classical music.

Ustad Farook Ali Chand, renowned Hindustani classical music trainer of Bhendibazaar Gharana known for his meticulous and systematic teaching style, has taken up the responsibility of imparting classical music in its original form.

“I want Keralites to learn Indian classical music in all its purity. Although many people in Kerala have been showing a great love for Hindustani music, most of them do not understand it. I shall help them understand it,” said Mr. Chand here on Sunday.

Mr. Chand launched his fortnightly class at Shaikh Ba Kaja Mueenuddin Music Academy, an institution set up by a philanthropist with the aim of spreading humanistic values through Hindustani music, at Padapparamba on Sunday.

Students from different parts of the State are attending his classes.

“It doesn’t matter which religion you follow; there is only one religion in music,” the Ustad told his students.

“Classical music is vast yet a definite circle. Ghazal is only a part of it, where you enjoy a lot of imaginative freedom,” he said humming a well-known song of Ghulam Ali, who was a disciple of Bhendibazaar Gharana. “You have singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Manna De from this gharana,” the Ustad said.

Mr. Chand said the people of Kerala showed an inclination towards Hindustani owing to its imaginative freedom, where a lot of feeling could be brought in.

“It is tough to render ghazals in Carnaticbecause it is solidly structured,” he said.

The Ustad advised the students not to harbour any belief that music can be learned in a month or a year. “It requires your complete dedication.”

Learning classical from a gharana ensures that music in its pure form is transferred to the new generation.

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