Surbandhan: Bringing Indian Classical Music to Life
Music lovers would have heard of Sur Bandhan Society (Surbandhan). In an increasingly multicultural setting, the organisation seeks to bring South Asian music to the heart of London, bringing together existing lovers of Indian Classical music as well as newcomers to the genre with the intention of providing both enjoyment and musical growth to all. Surbandhan, now become a leading provider of events, paving the way for the growth of Indian Classical Music within the United Kingdom. Established in 2011, the movement has caught the attention of the most senior and world class artists and seeks to expand its reach even further.
Since 2016, Surbandhan has consistently brought a series of raag based programs starting with Mughal to Modern, Raaga is a Human Right and Raag Probaaho to the UK, partnering with the Arts Council, Tower Hamlets Council and others with the objectives of promoting and spreading raag based compositions. Educating about the importance of Indian Classical Music’s heritage and history, Surbandhan highlights the interlink between arts and culture across South Asia to promote harmony between migrant communities.
Most recently, on 16th June 2019, as part of Surbandhan’s Raag Probaaho series 2019, Surbandhan featured the well-loved golden voiced artist Alaur Rahman to sing in their program, Thumri and Ghazal Soiree, which was a roaring success.
The event was opened by an immaculate chorus of Tagores Eso shyamolo shundoro by the Surbandhan team led by Piya Mayenin on harmonium. The other singers were Shahadat Hussain Masoom, Asma Matin Ruby and Yasmeen Rahman, Ratna.
After greetings were conveyed by the executives of the organisation, the musical show continued with the rendering of raag based compositions including Nazrul, Tagore, Thumri, Dadra and more. The added poetry from well-known poet Asma Matin and her grandson, Yuannes Alam and charming garland presented with artistic grace and Urdu shaiyri, by presenter Yasmeen Rahman added to the delight to the well-rounded start to the program.
Amongst audience members there was Soumyen Adhikari, a prominent singer form Calcutta and other well-known community singers such as Ameen Raja and Ina Khan. The only setback was a delay in the start of the program.
Accompanied by Sandy Man and Amith Dey, the team performed Tagore, Nazrul, light classical one could see the focus of the event was on different raagas and unique taal. Raags heard were marua, khambaj and bahaar, chhayanaut, yemen and purobi (purvi) and taals.
Artsist, Rick Sinha who was to do choto khyal, had a death in the family and was missing from the performance.
The evening came to a climax with the well-loved and long-standing artists in UK, Alaur Rahman ended the soiree with his golden smooth voice of magical thumri and ghazal with the famous Kya karoon sajni aye na baalam sang by Bade Ghulam Ali and Kab Aaogey that was famously sang by Fateh Ali Khan A heart touching favourite of Mehdi Hassan, Gulon mein rang was devoured by the audience and a couple of other ghazals ended the evening.
The UK has most awaited a platform like Surbandhan and it has been welcomed by the likes of Sanju Sahai, Mehboob Nadeem, Chironjeeb Chakravarty, Fida Hussain Khan, Sajali Roy, Lucy Rahman, Fazlul Bari Babu and other artists of excellence. Its audiences have seen eminent community members of the community including Dr Halima, Dr Hasanat Hussain, Abdul Karim Goni, Mohammed Salauddin and many others. The executives of Surbandhan are happy with the shape that the future of South Asian music in UK has taken and vows to continue the good work of bringing to larger audiences, consistent good raag based music and arts and may it long keep coming.