(Last Updated on : 08/05/2012)
Indian classical musical world is one such domain that has been enriched and wholly nourished since ancient times. With a motley of instruments being played while in concert, Indian classical music is enormously respected and admired all round the world. Instruments like rudra veena, surbahar, sitar, sarod, sarangi, flute, shehnai and santoor always feature prominently, demanding no additional introduction. The noted fact that these instruments emote a poignant and heart-wrenching effect from the listener, further heightens the effect of classicism on Indian music. And the country and its countrymen can be even more proud when one considers the luminous line-up of the Indian classical instrumentalists, rendering power-house performances every time they take the stage.
Legendary and sufficiently successful in their extensive career, the Indian classical instrumentalists have been taking India to lofty heights since pre-independence times. It is always believed and a much-discussed fact in India that the classical instrumentalists have been born with the magic touch: whenever they barely touch their respective instruments, it sings out as if it has been enchanted. Perhaps the statement is true to some extent, because, each separate musical soiree has turned out even better for the Indian classical instrumentalists. The strum of the string from stringed instruments, or the frequency of wind from winged instruments, readily reaches every nook of the place from where it is being performed.
Striving hard and very hard to reach the respectable position that they have presently gained, the journey was never just a bed of roses for the Indian classical instrumentalists. Some rising from almost pauperism and some fleeing away from home against their guardian`s wishes, the instrumentalists possessed that strong force of determination and will-power to drive forth to success. Witnessing light at the end of the tunnel, the present Indian generation perhaps grossly misses the luminaries that have passed away and can be heard no more. However, the Indian classical instrumentalists that still enthrall any given time and place, as if personify godlike qualities endowed with gift of everything. Such is the capability of the instrumentalists that even unheard melodies become sweeter in their fingers and lips. The achievers in the extensive and appreciated list include: Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, Ustad Asad Ali Khan, Ustad Imrat Khan, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Allauddin Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Bundu Khan, Pt. Ram Narayan, Pt. Pannalal Ghosh, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pt. Ravi Shankar.