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Classical concerts still a huge crowd-puller: Sarod maestro

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

maestro Ustad Ali Khan has said shows on TV can never take away the charm of live concerts.

People should listen to all kinds of be it rock, pop or ghazals, the asserted.

"Despite multiple shows on TV, one still comes across a packed auditorium at a classical concert. This is a healthy sign People should make it a point to listen to different genres," the told yesterday on the sidelines of 'Behala Classical Festival' here.

For any kind of music, the base remains the seven notes (saat sur). These notes can connect people across the world, he said.

Asked if he has witnessed any change in the audience profile at his concerts over the past few decades, he said, "Yes, there has been (a change in profile) and it is a very natural phenomenon."

Recalling his first performance in the city in 1959 at the prestigious Conference, the eminent artiste said, "Those who love classical music always attend such concerts, 50 years back and now."

Khan, who received the lifetime award 'Sarvottam Samman' at the Behala Classical festival, said he was happy to learn that this year, the fest has been dedicated to Pandit

He also expressed regret for not being able to take part in this year's the Conference.

"I regret I will not be able to attend the Dover Lane Music Conference this year, later this month, as I will be away in during that time," he said.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 13:05 IST