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Sheik Chinna Moulana

Kasim S
Rajendran M, Subramanian S

About this album

Dr. Sheik Chinna Moulana occupies the same honored place in Carnatic music as Ustad Bismillah Khan in the world of Hindustani music. He is the repository of a long tradition in nadaswaram, which dates back to over 300 years. Although he has direct tutelage from his father; Sheik Kasim Sahib and later the renowned Nadaswaram Vidwan, Adam Sahib, he went on to assimilate the 'Thanjavur Paani' into his style. In point of fact, Sheik Chinna Moulana hailed from a lineage of nadhaswaram exponents, which included such legendary performers as the Kommur Brothers, Chinna Peeru Sahib, and Pedda Peeru Sahib, right down to his grandfather Abdulla Sahib, uncle Nadar Sahib and father Kasim Sahib.

In order to preserve the pristine purity of his art, Sheik Chinna Moulana Sahib has established Saradha Nadhaswara Sangeetha Ashram, an institution modeled on the age-old Gurukul system of teaching. Apart from Sheik Chinna Moulana himself, the Ashram has a faculty, which would be second to none. Besides, Sheik Chinna Moulana Sahib has traveled in India and abroad extensively to propagate and popularize nadhaswaram.

He went to United States in 1973 under the East-West Exchange Program, to the Asian Arts festival in Hong Kong in 1982, for the festival of India in the Soviet Union in 1987 and in Germany in 1991.

Sheik Chinna Moulana has had the honor to perform in the memory of Pandit Nehru at the Teen Murti Bhavan and at the Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior in 1983. He is the Honarable Professor of Music at the Rajah's Government Music College in Thiruvaiyur and the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the Andhra University. He is one of the most profusely felicitated artistes in the country who has also been blessed by the Sankaracharyas of Sringeri and Kamakoti peethams.

He was decorated with the 'Padmashree' in 1977 as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Such is the mesmeric charm of his nadhaswaram that according to an adage it can equally hold a child or a beast or a snake entranced.


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