A bit about me

April 12, 2010

I come from a family of music lovers. Born in Suva, Fiji, my ancestral lineage reaches back three generations, when my grandfather left India in the late 1800’s under the British indenture system. It was in this new land that my grandfather imparted his knowledge and understanding of Indian classical music to my father who in turn passed it on to me.

My father encouraged me to fulfil my dream to be trained by an Ustad, Guru, or Musicologist. Unfortunately, at that time, no such teacher existed in Fiji. As luck would have it, however, the 1970’s saw the establishment in Suva of the Indian Cultural Centre by the Indian government. Together with other young lovers of vocal and instrumental music, I began my formal training in earnest under highly qualified teachers from India including the late Dr B.V.Patekar, Dr B.K. Chatterjee and Dr Minakshi Biswas. I also remember with immense respect Ustad Mehdi Hassan, a teacher who taught me the nuances of ghazals, a particular style of singing Urdu poems.

In 2001, I was invited to study with Indian classical music maestro, Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan, senior lecturer of Vocal Music at Delhi University.

During a university break in Delhi, I travelled to Mumbai to unite with my former guru Dr Minakshi Biswas after sixteen years. Here I also meet Swami Chaitanya Swarup of the famous Shree Vallabh Sangeetalaya. (Swamiji had visited Brisbane on many occasions in the past).

I have produced the following CDs:

Fiji Ka Safar (a Fijian Journey) – Volumes 1 and 2;

Music Masala – a spicy blend of Brisbane’s culturally inspired musicians, released and recorded by Radio 4EB,

Multi-Faith Songs – my track features on a compilation released 2 years ago

I regularly perform solo and in group concerts both in Australia and overseas. Within Australia, I’ve appeared at Woodford Folk Music Festival, Queensland Multicultural Festival, Brisbane Indian Music Festival and Redcliffe First Settlement Festival and many more.  As you can see from the photo slideshow I particularly enjoy performing in multicultural festivals, where he has an opportunity to share his musical talents with other diverse groups living in Australia.

Currently, I also enjoy passing on my training and experience to music lovers of all cultural backgrounds; and, to encourage and support such music lovers on their individual musical journeys. These aspirations have led me to create ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ – Rahim’s School of Indian Music.

Fur further information please contact me on 0414 988 907 or email:  rzullah@hotmail.com


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Hello world!

March 18, 2010

Welcome to my page.  I’m uploading photos from concerts I’ve done recently to show some performances with the students who I have been teaching.  If you’d like more information about my teaching and performance please contact me on rzullah@hotmail.com or phone 61 0414 988 907.

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