Chhote Rahimat Khan

Goa‘s contribution to the world of Indian classical music has been extraordinary. Our traditional strengths and focus have been in vocal music. In the instrumental department, we have produced world-class sarangiyas, violinists, and percussionists in the distant past. Tantuvadyas such as the sitar and sarod have historically not generated much enthusiasm in the Goan musical milieu.

For the past 25 years, Chhote Rahimat Khan, Head of the Sitar faculty at the Kala Academy in Panjim, has been training Goans on the sitar and developing local talent in this area. Chhote hails from Dharwad and grew up in a family of traditional musicians. A brief sketch is available here.

A couple of afternoons ago, I spent an enjoyable hour or so with the ustad in his music room at the Kala Academy. These are images from that session, which included an impromptu recital by Chhote on his beautiful custom-designed Made-in-Miraj sitar.

Chhote Rahimat Khan

Chhote Rahimat Khan
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Chhote Rahimat Khan at Kala Academy in Panjim

Chhote with his custom-designed sitar
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The ustad in his music room at Kala Academy in Panjim

The ustad in his music room at Kala Academy in Panjim
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I had my Tilt-Shift lens with me and couldn’t resist doing a portrait of Chhote‘s sitar. These are a couple of instances of the Scheimpflug Principle in practice.

 
Chhote's sitar: downward tilt of lens brings the entire plane in focus

Scheimpflug principle: downward tilt of lens brings the frets plane into sharp focus
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Upward tilt of the lens enables selective focus

Upward tilt of the lens enables selective focus
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90

My father, Motilal Parrikar, completed 90 years a few days back on July 9. He was born in the village of Parra in Goa, in the ward known as Salisvaddo. The house he was born in today lies in ruins (*). Our last name takes after our village, now a paradise lost like the rest of Goa.

(*) Behind the ruins is the ancestral home of Manohar Parrikar, the ex-Chief Minister of Goa and now the Leader of the Opposition.

My father Motilal Parrikar, in Parra near the ruins of the house he was born in

My father Motilal Parrikar, in Parra near the ruins of the house he was born in 90 years ago
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As a young man...

As a young man...

 
...And today, at 90

...And today, at 90
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Our beautiful village of Parra this July morning

Parra, our beautiful village on this July morning
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Romancing the Goan Monsoon

Disporting through the Goan countryside on a classic monsoon afternoon is one of life’s glorious pleasures. These images were made earlier today.

Lush fields in Dhargal, Goa

Lush fields in Dhargal, Goa
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Master class of green in Porvorim

Master class of green in Porvorim
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Feature in Singh-Ray Blog

I have been featured in the latest post on the Singh-Ray Blog. Singh-Ray, based in Florida, are makers of some of the finest photographic filters on the market. Click here to read it.

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