Celebrities hail vibrant Bihar

PATNA: Winds of change blowing across Bihar has made the celebrities performing at the three-day Bihar centenary celebrations feel proud of being associated with the event.

“It is beginning of a new era for Bihar and the whole country should help in progress of the state,” said Ustad Amjad Khan, the noted sarod player. Saying that “Bihar has contributed in making me what I am today”, he offered his services to visit music institutions in the state to guide both the students and teachers there. He said he would like to perform with his sons here the next time.

“Completing a hundred years is a momentous occasion.

Bihar has gone through ups and downs and now emerged as a fast developing state,” said Kailash Kher, the Bollywood’s Sufi singer. After suffering much pain, the state can now give a new direction to the country, he said. Kher advised the younger generation of Bihar to stop migrating and start contributing to welfare of the state.

Vocalist Ustad Mustafa Khan expressed happiness that Bihar is again reviving its past cultural glory by organizing major programmes, like it used to do in ’70s and ’80s. “Ghar ghar me bhara ullas, Jagmaga utha Bihar,” he said about the state. Padma Shri Ustad Rashid Khan, a classical vocalist, said, “I have performed in Bihar on many occasions and love the audience who enthusiastically respond to classical music. After a long gap, Bihar is organizing such musical events. I feel proud of being a part of this celebration.” Khan Legacy, comprising Murtaza Khan, Rabbani Khan, Qadir Khan and Hassan Khan,who are known for their classical music with a modern touch, specially Sufi songs, performed for the first time in Bihar as a band at Gandhi Maidan on Friday. “We feel fortunate for being a part of Bihar’s centenary celebrations,” they told TOI.

Wishing Biharis the best on the occasion, Rabbani said, “Bihar has a rich cultural heritage. These programmes will help the state in carrying the legacy of classical music to younger generation.” “Bihar has changed a lot.

I was not able to recognize any place here today, it looks so beautiful now,” said Indian mandolin player Padma Shri U Shrinivas,who came to Patna to perform at Durga Puja around two decades back when he was just 14 years old. “This (centenary celebrations) is a momentous occasion not only for the people of Bihar but also for the whole country,” he added.

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