To honour sarangi maestro, the late Ustad Sabri Khan, the Department of Posts will release postage stamps on December 13 commemorating the artiste. Today is the third death anniversary of the maestro who received the Padma Shri in 1992 and the Padma Bhushan in 2006.
Sabri Khan, who is often credited with introducing the sarangi to a global audience, passed away on December 1, 2015, in Delhi. The stamp is in the denomination of Rs5. It will be released in the capital at a function which will be attended by Manoj Sinha, MoS (Independent Charge), Communications
Talking about the postal stamp, Sabri Khan’s son and sarangi maestro, Ustad Kamal Sabri, says, “It is an honorary appreciation for my father’s work. The stamp will be released for his contribution to Indian classical music. It’s for the first time that a stamp will be released in the memory of a sarangi player. Unhone mujhe humesha kaha, ‘Don’t go after publicity, do your work, and the world will come to you.’”
Talking about his father, Sabri says, “My father started playing at the age of 12 for All India Radio (AIR) and went on to play for more than 50 years for AIR. He was not only my guru, he taught a number of sarangi players across the world. In fact, he was also a visiting faculty member at Washington University in Seattle, and a large number of sarangi players across the world are his shagirds.”
Sabri adds, “He played with other greats and there were a few performances of his that he often spoke about. When India became independent at the midnight of August 15, 1947, he was in the Parliament hall along with other musicians and played Vande Mataram. Another cherished memory of his was when violinist Yehudi Menuhin was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding. When Menuhin was asked with whom he wanted to play, he expressed his wish to do a jugalbandi with my father.” Kamal Sabri says that his father had done jugalbandi with the Beatles too and the late ustad would often recall his meetings with George Harrison. “We feel really proud that postal stamps will be released in his memory,” he says.