Gulfam Sabri [Sufiana & Ghazal Singer]
An unassuming and extremely talented Singer Gulfam Sabri belongs to a distinguished lineage of traditional musicians and represents the 7th generation of the Sainia Gharana of Rampur-Moradabad. He is the youngest sibling of the great Sarangi maestro Ustad Sabri Khan, who is a recipient of the Padma-bhushan award.
His illustrious father Ustad Sabri Khan initiated Gulfam Sabri into music at a very early age. In his keenness to explore the vast realms of music he has carved a niche for himself as a Sufiana & Ghazal singer and is committed to popularizing this art form. However, his singing is not only restricted to the Indian music but also involves collaborative work with western and Asian musicians, and theatre artists.
Gulfam Sabri has performed widely in concerts across USA, Europe, Africa, Australia, South-East Asia and in India as well. In 2000 he participated in the 'Re-Orient Festival'- Estonia and also had the honour to perform in UK's prestigious festival 'BBC Live-2000', to usher the millennium at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. This talented artist gave a solo performance followed by a Sarangi recital by his father- the living legend Ustad Sabri Khan and accompanied by his renowned brother Ustad Sarwar Sabri on the tabla.
In March 05 and November 05, he not only performed in an International Sufi festival in Kabul-Afghanistan to commemorate the Chishti tradition of Sufism, but was also specially invited by the King of Afghanistan King Zahir Shah at his Palace to perform before a select elite gathering where his rendition of ghazals was well received by the discerning connoisseurs of music. The festival was organised by the Ministry of Culture ICCR- Delhi and In July '06 he performed for Asian Sufi Festival In Srinagar-Kashmir.
Gulfam Sabri's forte lies in the fact that his style of singing has retained the flavour of yesteryears ghazal singers and has received applause even from the younger generation.
In addition to his excellence within the tradition of Hindustani music Gulfam Sabri, who has been awarded the Sangeet Bhushana Award, Best Artist Award from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and the Surmani, Mumbai, also specialises in extensive educational work on music and its various aspects.
Impressed by his knowledge of music at such a young age, the Fine Arts Society, Singapore, invited Gulfam Sabri to teach Indian music. He also holds lec-dems in schools, colleges and in schools for children with special needs. He believes that music is an art with therapeutic effects therefore these special children take to it easily making their life less stressful. This multifaceted artist has also performed and given lec-dems at Jazz Conservatoire, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia as well as in Sybillious Academy, Finland.
Recently, Gulfam Sabri in collaboration with Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK, has held a series of workshops on the finer nuances of Indian music inspiring even the youngest of the young. This was followed by a tour of Hong Kong, UK and Ireland for Ghazal performances for the promotion of his CD 'Dehleez', which was released from Britain.
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