22nd of November, 2008
Trafó, Budapest 20.00

Ustad Shujaat KhanSitar, Vocal
Parthasarathy MukherjeeTabla

photo by Daniel Zafir ©

Ustad Shujaat Khan
Sitar, Vocal

photo by Daniel Zafir ©

Shujaat Husain Khan is perhaps the greatest North Indian classical musician of his generation. He belongs to the Imdad Khani Gharana of the Sitar and is the seventh in the unbroken line from his family that has produced many musical masters. His style known as the gayaki ang, is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice. Shujaat Husain Khan is the son and disciple of master Sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. His musical pedigree continues back through his grandfather, Ustad Inayat Khan; his great-grandfather, Ustad Imdad Khan; and his great-great-grandfather, Ustad Sahebdad Khan – all leading artist of their generation.

At the age of three Shujaat began practicing on a specially made small sitar, and by the time he was six, the child prodigy started giving public performances. Since then he has performed at all the prestigious music festivals in India and has traveled around the world performing in Asia, Africa, North America and Europe. Shujaat Husain Khan’s approach to rhythm is largely intuitive, fresh and spontaneous, always astonishing his audiences.

He has been invited as visiting faculty at the Dartington School of Music in England, the University of Washington in Seattle, and at UCLA. He has over 50 musical releases on a variety of international labels; his album, Rain, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004.


photo by Daniel Zafir ©