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Homage to Ustad AllaRakha Anniversary event AllaRakha Foundation
Fri 28 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
AllaRakha Foundation - 2017 Anniversary Event - featuring Taufiq Qureshi (youngest son of Ustad AllaRakha) & local UK artists.
Taufiq Qureshi, an ace percussionist of India, referred to as a game changer, is also an acclaimed composer , who is recognized for his path-breaking and trend-setting work, as a performing artiste and as composer/arranger in the field of world music. Taufiq is well-known for taking the nuances of traditional rhythms of India to an alternate form of World Music and offering it to a larger audience.
Being the son and disciple of the legendary tabla maestro Ustad Allarakha, Taufiq’s performances showcase the traditional flavour and intricacies of Indian rhythm, interwoven with the sparkle of his phenomenal command over contemporary world percussions.
Taufiq has pioneered and developed a distinct technique of playing the African percussion instrument, Djembe, in the context of Indian rhythmic compositions. It is solely to his credit that today the Djembe is making its presence felt on the music and concert scene in India. He has designed a new language as a bridge to transpose the traditional Tabla repertoire onto this non-Indian instrument. His version of the Djembe is inspiring a whole new breed of percussionists in India.
Taufiq’s album Rhydhun, amongst others, was a bench mark for World Music in India way back in the year 2000. He has been featured as a performing artiste in the 2009 Grammy-Award winning album, 'Global Drum Project'. Taufiq's albums have been released world over and he has performed at prestigious Music festivals all around the globe. He has been a recipient of the Gold Award for the best music at the Cannes Ad Film Festival and at the London International Festival for some of his exemplary advertisement jingles. Taufiq has lent a third dimension to many a chart buster songs and background score tracks of the Indian Film Industry genre of music, by virtue of his inimitable sense of rhythm arrangement and feel for sound.
Accompanied on Sarangi by Surjit Singh, disciple of Pundit Ram Narayan.
Namdhari ensemble presenting Sri Satguru Jagjit Singhji Maharaj Ki Bandish