A STEL­LAR PER­FOR­MANCE

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For over a thou­sand peo­ple present at Cross Maidan on the evening of Fe­bru­ary 8th, it was surely a night to re­mem­ber as the tabla mae­stro, Us­tad Zakir Hus­sain, and Shabir Khan (A sarangi prodigy, the son of the late Us­tad Sul­tan Khan), per­formed an hour long con­cert.

The cel­e­bra­tions kick started with a key­note ad­dress from the chair­per­son of the Kala Ghoda Arts Foun­da­tion, Manik Davar, that was fol­lowed by Us­tad Zakir Hus­sain sync­ing his beats to Shabir Khan’s ren­di­tion of Raag Mad­hukaus on the sarangi.

The duo also played a melody by Pan­dit Birju Ma­haraj that was in­spired by an ar­gu­ment be­tween 2 friends, this anec­dote was ren­dered us­ing tabla beats. The tabla mae­stro also played “Top­pa­ran” which de­picts the process of a can­non be­ing fired.

Need­less to say the au­di­ence re­mained cap­ti­vated by this per­for­mance, as one of the mem­bers, said, “It’s beau­ti­ful to see a leg­end up close, es­pe­cially one who has been renowned since time im­memo­rial in the mu­si­cal his­tory of the coun­try and will con­tinue to be.”

The event was pre­sented by ŠKODA AUTO, the auto ma­jor that has cre­ated many icons of the road. Just like Zakir Hus­sain’s time­less mu­sic and his per­for­mances, ŠKODA’s cre­ations have stood the test of time thanks to a com­mit­ment to­wards cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion and com­fort.

ŠKODA’s ef­forts to con­tin­u­ously im­prove the cus­tomer’s own­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes In­dia’s first 4 year war­ranty and Road Side As­sis­tance pack­ages – stan­dard on all models – the SU­PERB, OC­TAVIA, OC­TAVIA vRS, RAPID and the newly launched KODIAQ. ŠKODA AUTO, be­ing one of the old­est car man­u­fac­tur­ers in ex­is­tence has a rich her­itage of as­so­ci­a­tion with the Arts, Mu­sic and Cul­ture; given its Czech ori­gins.

On the brand’s as­so­ci­a­tion with the event, Tarun Jha, head of mar­ket­ing at ŠKODA AUTO In­dia, said, “ŠKODA AUTO is glad to as­so­ciate it­self with an event that fea­tures the leg­endary Us­tad Zakir Hus­sain. Us­tad Zakir Hus­sain’s name em­bod­ies a whole new world of time­less­ness, tra­di­tions, in­spi­ra­tions, el­e­gance and enigma, val­ues that the ŠKODA AUTO iden­ti­fies with. Mu­sic holds an emo­tional power over us and it has the abil­ity to take us to dif­fer­ent places through its notes and melodies.”

He fur­ther added, “ŠKODA AUTO is also syn­ony­mous with cre­at­ing icons like the SU­PERB and the OC­TAVIA among oth­ers and hence it only makes sense that we as­so­ciate with this event that fea­tures Us­tad Zakir Hus­sain, a global icon.”

ŠKODA AUTO is also syn­ony­mous with cre­at­ing icons like the SU­PERB and the OC­TAVIA among oth­ers and hence it only makes sense that we as­so­ciate with this event that fea­tures Us­tad Zakir Hus­sain, a global icon. TARUN JHA, HEAD OF MAR­KET­ING AT ŠKODA AUTO IN­DIA

The tabla mae­stro, Us­tad Zakir Hus­sain

Crown en­joy­ing the per­for­mance at Cross Maidan

Tarun Jha, head of mar­ket­ing at ŠKODA AUTO In­dia

Shabir Khan

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