Kamal Sabri [Sarangi Artiste]
The musically gifted Kamal Sabri is the son of Sarangi maestro Ustad Sabri Khan and is carrying forward the rich legacy of the Sania Gharana with single minded dedication.
Kamal, who is the seventh generation of a distinguished family of traditional musicians, has demonstrated profound versatility in playing the Sarangi.
Kamal was initiated and trained by his renowned father in the style of the Senia Gharana (school) of Rampur, Moradabad from the tender age of 5 years and very soon this child prodigy made waves in the musical world with his talent. His musical brilliance and talent as a seasoned accompanist gained immense popularity amongst eminent classical vocalists.
In India, Kamal participated in several prestigious festivals over the years like the Harballabh Music Festival in Jallandhar, Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior, Saptak Festival Ahmedabad, Swami Haridas Music festival Mumbai, ITC Sangeet Sammelan, NCPA, Mumbai and World Peace Concert in Delhi, Sangeet Natak Academy Swarn Utsav Hyderabad to name a few. Appreciation by music lovers and rave reviews for his performance came easily and spontaneously.
Kamal has also made his mark on the international musical forum and has participated in several International festivals including the "Art of the Bow" Festival in Geneva, Switzerland in November 2001, World Music Festival Lahore, Pakistan and BBC Millennium Concert in International Convention Centre, Birmingham, UK. Today he is a name to reckon with in the International cultural scene. While honing his skills in the traditional style of music, he has also adapted to the changing musical scenario and is constantly trying to set new trends and standards within his tradition.
A Graded Artist of All India Radio, Kamal is a regular performer on All India Radio and Indian National Television. He has appeared in many Radio Sangeet Sammelans and National Programmes of Music. He has won several awards including, 'The Best Instrumentalist', Surmani', 'The Young Maestro Award' conferred by the Indo-Sri Lankan Cultural Council and the 'Young Ustad Khitab (Title) at the Prestigious Harballabh Music Festival.
Kamal has many achievements to his credit, including, the privilege to be the youngest Indian musician to participate in "Les 24 heures du raga" (the 24 hours Millennium concert) in Paris, France. He made a record of sorts in that Festival by playing 9 concerts with the all vocalist along with his father, leaving the audience spellbound.
Kamal, was invited several times to show case his musical skills by the BBC, Radio France, Radio Pakistan, Radio Switzerland, Radio Italy, Radio Barbados, Finnish Broadcasting Company Finland several times.
He has also worked with veterans like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Hossam Ramzy, Ricky Niles form Barbados, Jukka Tolonen, and performed with Jan Garbarek, for the King of Norway. Kamal has recorded his genre of music for famous Bands like Massive Attack,One Giant Leap, and Hollywood and Bollywood films.
This multifaceted musician is also a composer, who has delivered powerfully ambient scores for documentary films, theatre and dance. Kamal continues to explore the vast realm of the music world yet retaining the purity of the Indian Classical Music thorough the strains of his Sarangi.