BHOPAL: The video of a solo tabla recital by 10-year-old Aseem Allahwale from the city has, so far, drawn around 10 lakh views and likes on Facebook. He presented 200-year-old bandishes of eminent tabla players of different gharanas of the country in his performance.
The roughly one-hour-long performance by Aseem was streamed live on the FB page of Baldev Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Chhattisgarh, on June 5. Since then, the video of the performance has been viewed 3.6 lakh times and has received 6 lakh likes. Around 1,200 users have commented on the performance.
Aseem, a student of Class 5, comes from a family of musicians. In his performance, Aseem played the bandishes of accomplished tabla players of the Dilli, Ajrada, Farrukhabad, Benaras, Punjab and Lucknow gharanas. They included Haji Ameer Mohd Khan, Ustad Farid Husain, Ustad Daddu Khan, Ustad Zakir Husain and Ustad Salim Allahwale. In 2017, Aseem had performed at the Bharat Bhavan with his guru, Salim Allahwale.
Free Press spoke with the child artist. Excerpts:
Q: Your performance has won widespread appreciation from all over the world. How do you feel?
Iím elated. Iím getting calls from persons known and unknown to me. I feel Iíve become a star overnight. I also got congratulatory calls from England and Mexico. An 80-year-old Dadaji, who lives in my building, presented a Rs 200 note to me as a blessing. He was impressed that I took the name of my forefathers and elders before the performance. A Bangladeshi organisation has invited me to perform solo on its FB page.
Q: How did you prepare for the live performance?
After I was told that I had to do a live performance, I practised for two months. I tried my hand at old bandishes for 10 to 12 hours every day.
Q: How did you get interested in the tabla?
I belong to a family of musicians. My late paternal grandfather, maternal grandfather, father and his elder brotheróall are musicians. Ever since I can remember, the beats of the tabla have been reverberating in my home. That drew me towards the instrument. I started learning to play the tabla from the age of five. My teachers are my Bade Papa, Salim Allahwale, my Nana, Ustad Farid Hussain, and my father, Moin Allahwale, under the Guru-Shishya Parampra.
Q: What is your daily routine?
I get up at 7 am. I practise for two hours from 10 am to 12 noon and then again from 5 pm to 7 pm. When I used to go to school, I practised for one hour each in the mornings and the evenings.
Q: How long do you take to memorise bols and gats?
It hardly takes me 10-15 minutes to memorise one bol or gat.
Q: Your hobbies?
I enjoy singing and also playing cricket and football. I love listening to Ustad Ghulam Ali, Arijit Singh, Ustad Salim Allahwale and Mohammed Aman Khan.
Q: What do you want to become in your life?
I want to become a successful tabla player.