The Calcutta Club lawns saw a full house on the evening of December 26 as Ustad Rashid Khan took the stage, mesmerising the audience with his soulful music. As part of the week-long Christmas and New Year celebrations, Rashid Khan presented classical music fused with Sufiana tunes, accompanied by Subhankar Banerjee on the tabla, Jyoti Goho on the harmonium and Murad Khan on the sarangi.
On the music menu were ragas rendered beautifully by this exponent from the Rampur-Sahaswan Khayal gharana. Needless to say, each rendition was greeted with “waah-waah”, with many asking for an encore.
“It is very important to feel the music if you really want to enjoy it,” said Rashid Khan, as he proceeded to perform more.
“I really liked the way he performed. He constantly checked if the audience was really enjoying or not. That is the sign of a true performer,” said Riya Ghosh, a guest at the club.
“We wanted to revive the classical music culture at the club. Our members have been waiting for a performance like this for a long time. And the time of the year, what with the festive mood and the weather, was just perfect for this,” said Dilip Kumar Saha, president of the club.