A year after a miraculous escape in a road accident near Harihar, Davangere, Ustad Faiyaz Khan, one of the most popular Sarangi players and Hindustani vocalists of India, is ready to unveil a new mission. Ustad, who lost his wife Parveen Begum in the accident on October 25, last year, is launching the Praveen Begum Smruti Music & Educational Trust in Basaveshwarnagar on November 2. The singer, who sustained multiple fractures in the accident, has recovered by almost 80 per cent, now. He had both his legs, hands and hip fractured and right collar bone completely damaged. Today, he moves around using a walker and has resumed music concerts.
In an interview to City Express on Wednesday, Ustad Faiyaz Khan said that the Trust is a tribute to his late wife who played a significant role in his life. “We have reached this far with her support. She was a source of strength during our tough times. She completely supported our musical endeavours. I was very disturbed mentally after her death. During this period, my son (Sarfaraaz Khan) really came as a source of inspiration to me. Finally, all the people who are connected with me and my family through music decided to honour my wife in the form an institution. The Trust is my Diwali gift to all music lovers of Bangalore ,” Ustad said. "I also want to thank all City Express readers who helped me when I was hospitalised," he added.
The main focus of the Trust is to promote all forms of music and dance in Bangalore. “Our idea is to tap all musical talents in the city and give them an ideal platform. Since only established artistes are usually put under the spotlight, often the unknown, but talented souls, are always left behind. For a long time I wanted to bring a change and today, I hope through our musical institution everyone will benefit.
If music has to grow and spread its mesmerising aura, then we need to have new ideas coming in and this will only happen if young talents are nurtured,” Ustad said.
Another objective of Parveen Begum Smruti Music & Educational Trust is to bring a senior artiste and budding talents together on a stage once in every three months. He said that soon under the Trust, a music academy will take wings to teach every form of music (both instrumental and vocal).
“The academy will be part of our phase-2 plan and we have sort of finalized the blueprint for the same. Every Bangalorean who is keen to become a devotee of music will find a perfect home in the academy. I am keen to offer free classes to all those who can’t afford to pay the fees.
“I don’t take fees even now from many of my students, who are from poor family background. Music should not be measured by money,” he said.
The Trust is offering memberships to music lovers in Bangalore and the Ustad hopes to swing funds through donations for his dream mission. A formal announcment of Ustad's new mission is expected in a few days.
Maiden event on Nov 2, 3
The Praveen Begum Smruti Music & Educational Trust will formally launch its series of events with the inaugural session on November 2 and 3 at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan. The two-day event will pay tributes to Ustad Abdul Khadar Khan, Pt Basavaraj Bendigeri and Parveen Begum. “On the first day, there will be a Sarangi jugalbandi by Ustad Farooque Latif Khan and Ustad Sarwar Hussain. The vocal event will be performed by Pt M Venkatesh Kumar and flute recital will be by Sameer Rao. We will also have a Kathak performance by Rajendra and Nirupama,” says Sarfaraaz Khan, a promising Sarangi player.