One year on, we remember the life and legacy of Pandit Sharda Sahai.
PANDIT SHARDA SAHAI, renowned as one of the greatest exponents of the Benares Baj and was instrumental in pioneering its development worldwide, most notably in Canada, America and the UK. He hailed from five generations of master musicians and whilst always faithful to the tradition of his ancestors he also was very much a musician of his time.
He was revered for his spellbinding solo performances, East-West collaborations, and skill and generosity as a teacher. His legacy continues through his disciples and students worldwide and in the Pandit Ram Sahai Sangeet Vidyalaya which he founded in Benares in 1965; to ensure that those outside of the tradition could have access to education in Indian Music and the Performing Arts.
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Aug 30, 2012 News
Montreal-based filmmaker Caroline Tabah has begun a film project about the late Pandit Sharda Sahai and his relationship with his Canadian disciple Shawn Mativetsky. In order to complete TAAL – The Rhythm of Life, Caroline has started a fundraising campaign on the website Indiegogo. Please visit the fundraising campaign site and consider making a donation to the production. You will also be able to read more about the film, about the filmmaker, and view the trailer video for the project.
The feature documentary film, Taal, explores the beauty of the relationship between Shawn Mativetsky (shawnmativetsky.com), a talented professional tabla player from Canada, and his master of music from India, the renowned tabla virtuoso Pandit Sharda Sahai (www.shardasahai.com). Taal also explores the fascinating world of North Indian (Hindustani) classical music, which is perhaps lesser known in the West, with a focus on the Benares tablagharana (lineage), which originated in Benares (Varanasi), India.
In India today, youth is less and less interested in the learning of Indian classical music, so what pushes a Canadian to devote himself to the learning, the professional practice and the teaching of tabla, this percussion instrument from North India? What is meant by gharana, this musical tradition, this musical family, relating to the Hindu system of apprenticeship called Guru–Shishya-Parampara – this system of teaching through oral transmission from the master (Guru) to his student (shishya)?
Discoveries, performances and interviews punctuate the documentary Taal, which translates to ‘rhythmic cycle.’ Inspired by the ‘ten lives of taal‘ (taal ke das praana) of North Indian classical music, Taal explores the rhythms of Shawn’s journey as well as the rhythms of life, of which death is a part.
PANDIT SHARDA SAHAI
Pandit Sharda Sahai, one of India’s most renowned tabla maestros, is being mourned the world over after passing away on 20th November 2011, at the age of 76 surrounded by his family in Ealing Hospital, London. Panditji was renowned as one of the greatest exponents of the Benares Baj and pioneered its development worldwide, most notably in Canada, America and the UK. Panditji hailed from five generations of master musicians and whilst he was faithful to the tradition of his ancestors he also was very much a musician of his time.
He profoundly touched all those who came into contact with him with his great wisdom, knowledge and humour. He will be remembered for his spellbinding solo performances, East-West collaborations, and skill and generosity as a teacher. His legacy will live on through his disciples and students and in the Pandit Ram Sahai Sangeet Vidyalaya which he founded in Benares in 1965 so that those outside of the tradition could have access to education in Indian Music and the Performing Arts.
Aug 10, 2011 News
28th International TABLA CAMP
LONDON – SUMMER 2012 – with master classes, workshops, live performances
In honour of Pandit Sharda Sahai
Supported by a team of musicians from the UK and India.
The Tabla Camp has been hosted in several cities in North America providing a unique and musically enhancing experience. Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya (PRSSV), will host the 28th International Tabla Camp in 2012 in London. PRSSV is a pioneering organisation set up in the late 1980s to promote an understanding and appreciation of Indian performing arts through education and performance projects.
DATES: July 23rd to August 3rd 2012 [Guru Puja August 4th]
May 27, 2008 News
Aug 10, 2006 News
While in Montreal for the 25th Annual Summer Tabla Workshop with Pandit Sharda Sahai, Panditji was interviewed for an article in the Voir newspaper. Follow this link for the full article (in French):