Amitabh Bachchan Plays ‘Zitar’

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is not a musician, but he recently tried to play the ‘zitar’ which is an electric sitar. It was gifted to the veteran actor by Indian classical instrumentalist Niladri Kumar at the launch of the Pandit Kartick Kumar Foundation which took place on Sunday. Bachchan was among the special guests who graced the inauguration of the foundation, which is an Indian music and arts culture centre. The launch was preorganised to mark Kartick Kumar’s 82nd birthday.

Instead of holding a traditional ribbon cutting, the crowd saw the Big B play a few notes on the zitar. He also praised Nilandri Kumar’s music, saying, "I had heard Niladri Kumar for the first time at an event where they were playing some ambient music through a CD. I was so mesmerized by that music, I requested the person to tell me the name of the musician. He searched and then said it's 'some Niladri Kumar'.

"I thought to myself, what a fool this person must be to say some Niladri Kumar... He has no idea about this artiste. After that I searched and bought all Niladri Kumar albums and CDs and till date everyday I listen to his music and it gives me so much calm, peace and joy," Big B said.

Some other guests at the event were Pyarelal Sharma, President of Yuva Sena Aditya Thackeray, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Bandra West MLA Ashish Shelar, and Pyarelal Sharma. The event also saw Nilandri Kumar play a special set for Big B, as well as Kartick Kumar performing the Surbhar.

Kartick Kumar said: "The motto of this foundation is to serve through music. This is a premiere centre for all kinds of individuals from all backgrounds to come learn, understand and experience the joy of Indian music, instrument and vocal training through user friendly and interactive formats, fit for this generation.

"Music is an age-old science, which requires a lot of head and heart work. Every individual should be imparted with this gift."

-Rubaina Bilgrami
Picture Credits - IANS