The following artist are affiliated with Kalavant Center in the past having performed at our events and held workshops and master classes. 

As a artist management organization we contract musicians for a variety of shows and classes. For artists internationally we also obtain visas for their travel.

Anup Jalota

Azam Ali Khan

Bahram Osqueezadeh

Bina Kalavant

Brijbhushan Kabra

Deepsankar Bhattacharjee

Harashankar Bhattacharya

Imran Khan

Jasraj

Joe Kaminski

Kadar Khan

Mani Prasad

Manju Mehta

Mehmood Hasan

Moinuddin Khan

Niraj Parikh

Partho Bose

Premik Russel Tubbs

Rais Khan

Rajkumar Rizvi

Sabir Khan

Shahid Parvez Khan

Shakir Khan

Shailesh Bhagawat

Sultan Khan

Ulhas Kashalkar

Uma Garg

Vilayat Khan

Zakir Khan

Anup Jalota

Azam Ali Khan

Bahram Osqueezadeh, Santur

Bina Kalavant

Brijbhushan Kabra

Deepsankar Bhattacharjee

Harashankar Bhattacharya

Imran Khan

Iqbal Ahmed Khan

Jasraj               

Joe Kaminski

Kadar Khan

Mani Prasad

Manju Mehta

Mehmood Hasan

Moinuddin Khan

Niraj Parikh

Partho Bose

Premik Russel Tubbs

Rais Khan

Rajkumar Rizvi

Sabir Khan

Shahid Parvez Khan

Shakir Khan

Shailesh Bhagawat

Sultan Khan

Ulhas Kashalkar

Uma Garg

Vilayat Khan

Zakir Khan

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- Short Bio for each

- Youtube video link

- Link to artists own website

Anup Jalota


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Anup Jalota, the household name for bhajans, has thought of nothing but music all his life. His father, Bhajan exponent Purshottam Das Jalota, is also his guru. Born in Nainital and educated in Lucknow, Jalota started his musical career as a chorus singer in All India Radio.

Anup Jalota hails from the Shamiana Gharana of Phagwara, Punjab. Although a Punjabi, Anup Jalota sings and speaks in 6 different languages.

Known for his versatility, the smiling and ever-obliging Anup Jalota renders Bhajans and Ghazals with equal grace and finesse. No wonder, wherever Anup goes - East, West, North or South, his easy charm and mellifluous voice holds his audience spellbound in admiration.

Having toured extensively, covering USA, Canada, Europe, West Indies, African, Mauritius and many far east countries, there is little of the world that has yet to see Anup Jalota in person. Of course, heard him, they all have, through his many records and music cassettes.

Anup Jalota is married to Medha, niece of former Indian Prime Minister, Inder Kumar Gujral. They have a 3 year old son, Aryaman (means noble mind).

Anup Jalota is presently working on a project for reciting and recording the Ramayana, Gita and the Vedas. Of these, the first, a recitation and commentary of Ramayana is already in the market. the second, a recitation with commentary, in 7 languages, of the Gita is a work in progress, andonce thats complete, he plans to tackle the Vedas.


POPULAR GHAZAL ALBUMS:
Shamakhana Vol.1, In Concert - Anup Jalota, Moods of Anup Jalota, An Evening with Anup Jalota, Farmaish-A Live Concert, Saugaat-A Gift of Ghazals, Kahkashan-2, The Khazana Series, Live in Fiji and Takhaiyul.
FAMOUS BHAJAN ALBUMS:
Sai Vandan, Sai Sumiran, Rang De Chunaria, Bhajan Aarti, Sur Ramayan, Shri Ram Bhajans, Hari Naam Ki Mala, Bhajan Ganga and Bhajan Yatra.

FEATS:
- sings in 6 languages,
- has recorded over 1200 songs, ghazals & songs,
- has performed over 4000 live concerts spread over 100
cities on all five continents,
- has his name in The Guiness Book of World Records
for the highest number of platinum discs in history.

 

 

 


Azam Ali Khan
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Bahram Osqueezadeh, Santur
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Bina Kalavant
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Bina Kalavant, a sitarist and staff member at the Kalavant Center for Music and Dance, began her music and dance studies at age three at the Shreyes Foundation, a progressive, experimental school in Ahmedabad, India. She is trained in the Manpuri and Kathak dance traditions, and more extensively has studied sitar under such distinguished teachers as Ustad Ghulam Rasool Khan, and Shri Sukhraj Singh Jhalla. From 1982 to 1990, Bina served as a director for the Naad Niket Musical Academy in Ahmedabad where she also taught sitar and music theory. Bina has given numerous concerts and assisted in lecture/demonstrations for the American Museum of Natural History, City Lore of New York, Columbia University, and the University of Connecticut at Hartford.

 

 

 

 


Brijbhushan Kabra
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A legendary musician in the world of Indian classical music, Pandit Brijbhushan Kabra has made several notable achievements throughout his musical career. Simultaneously a virtuoso, an innovator, a visionary, a traditionalist, a preserver, and educator, he has traveled the globe popularizing Indian classical music. One of his greatest achievements is introducing the Hawaiian guitar into the realm of Indian classical music, and establishing it as a legitimate classical instrument through his great efforts, his innovativeness, and the support of his Guru, the legendary sarod maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Early in his career, in 1968, the album "Call of the Valley" was released featuring Panditji, santoor maestro Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, and master flautist Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia. This album was the first recording of it's kind to 'go platinum', and is considered the most popular Indian classical recording to have been made. The album is aptly described as a symphony of Indian classical music. The genius of these three brilliant artists and a collaboration of their talents are behind the music of this album that is exquisitely sweet and bewitchingly pleasing to the ear. It paints a tonal picture of gorgeous valleys laden with tall, green pine and chinar trees, and sun-kissed, snow-clad peaks of the mighty Himalayas.

Remarkably, Panditji never attended guitar performances, nor exposed himself to other guitarists and their playing, and so through his own innovativeness and the guidance of his Guru, he developed techniques according to the practices and styling of Indian classical music. He had no fixed ideas about how Indian classical music should be played on the version of the guitar he developed, and by constant trial and error he perfected his musical craft.

Throughout his career, he engaged in intense musical dialogues with many of the greatest musicians of Indian music, recording duets with artists such as Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma (santoor), Pandit Jasraj (vocal), Pt. Damodarlal Kabra (sarod), Ustad Rais Khan (sitar), Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia (bansuri flute), and Pt. V. G. Jog (violin).

These dialogues helped him to explore various possibilities on the guitar, aiding him in achieving remarkable finesse of playing, and the ability to conjure a wide range of tonal colors on his instrument, in which the use of chords became an additional musical asset. He has also made a deep study of the rich folk music of Rajasthan, the land of his ancestors, to enhance his musical repertoire and vision.

Panditji has also done remarkable research in the field of "Naad Yoga", which is the realization of Self through music. He is also a great educationist and heads an institution with almost 10,000 students studying in various fields. He has published several papers on child education with special reference to the importance of music and rhythm in their education. For this contribution to Indian classical music, he has been honored by the governments of Gujarat and Rajasthan and has been showered with several titles and awards. Five of his books of Hindi poetry have been published.

'The Times of India' has very rightly commented on his music: "Pt. Brijbhushan's charm of style is his co-exing out of a foreign instrument, the rich tonal and melodic value of Indian classical music in its finest tradition." The great poet and writer journalist Sheik Adam Abdulwala once remarked after a concert, "Look at Brijbhushan's fingers moving on a guitar and when the sound emerges, you feel that the Earth has stopped moving." Truly time does seem to stop while listening to his Alaps, but the odyssey of this legend and his instrument continues.

 

 


Deepsankar Bhattacharjee
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"Sur-Moni" Deepsankar, a young sitarist born in the year 1986, is 5th generation sitarist of his musical family. He started his musical career from his tender age under the guidance of his father Pandit Hara Shankar Bhattacharya and also receiving lessons from his dadaguru Padmabhusahan Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan Sahab. He is the torch bearer of Jafferkhani Bazz (Indore Gharana). His mother Smt.Parul Bhattacharya was the Disciple of Late Pandit A.T.Kanan. Deepsankar has performed at various Concerts in India and abroad including New York, Switzerland, Germany, Holland and many other places"

 

 

 

Harashankar Bhattacharya
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Pandit Harashankar Bhattacharya was born in a musical family having the 3rd generation. His grandfather was "Sitari" Lalmohon Bhattacharya. He started his learning sitar from his father Late Ganga Shankar Bhattacharya and started playing at the tender age of five .After that he was under the guidance of Late Murali Dhar Thakur of Bisnu pure Gharana, Burnpure.

From the year 1968 He went to Mumbai and started taking TALEEM from The sitar legend PADMABHUSHAN USTAD ABDUL HALIM JAFFER KHAN SAHAB of Indore gharana , Beenkar Style. He was there under a strict guidance of Ustad ji to absorb the special Bazz ~ named Jaffer Khani Bazz staying with him at his residence.

Pandit Harashankar Bhattacharya is universally acknowledged as a sitarist par excellence. He occupies a pre-eminent position among the leading Sitarist of India.mRight from the early stages he was at the top in subsequent competitions such as All India Music competition organized by Prayog Sangeet Samitee Allahabad, Bharati Bhaban Burnpur, Kulti, Adra, All India Music Competition organized by AIR, Calcutta, etc.

He received so many awards and felicitation in his career from his early age. "Sur Singer Samsad" a famous organization of Mumbai awarded him "Sur Moni" title. Prayog Sangeet Samity of Allahabad also honored him with the title of "Sangeet Praveen". He is empaneled artist of ICCR. Now this list of awards is pretty huge.

Pandit Hara Shankar Bhattacharya is a regular artiste of grade "A" in AIR and TV and has taken part in several classical conferences all over India and abroad. He visited USSR, Nepal and Bhutan and embossed his name in the heart of listeners. He went there as a cultural Delegates from india.

He was attached with Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra of Delhi. Then he shifted to Kolkata and started working in Information and cultural Affairs of Govt. Of West Bengal as a senior most sitarist. He worked as a Music director in "APNA UTSAV" (Festival organized by Govt. Of West Bengal).

Hara Shankar is a regular examiner of RABINDRA BHARATI UNIVERSITY and attached with many other top level organizations all over india.

 

 

 

 

Imran Khan

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Born in a family of traditional heritage musicians, Imran Khan started his training on tabla at the tender age of 4 under his grandfather and guru Ustad Reheman Khan. During the last three years, he has also been under the guidance of his uncle, Ustad Kadar Khan. Since the age of 12 he has been taking part in music competitions, always taking the first prize. He has also performed for All India Radio and in various music festivals. This is what the press reviews say about him:

"But a twelve-year-old Imran Khan impressed us all with his control, clarity and consistency. He hails from Kadar Khan's family and can develop into an artiste."Hrishikesh Pathak The Times of India Ahmedabad "The young Imran Khan impressed the audience with the soft and delicate percussion art. He has a bright future."

Subandhu Parikh The Times of India Ahmedabad

 

 

 

Iqbal Ahmed Khan
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Jasraj
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Pandit Jasraj, the contemporary doyen of North Indian Classical Vocal Music, is an unparalleled living legend confirmed by a scholarship instituted by the University of Toronto in his name.

Born into a family that has given to Indian music four generations of outstanding musicians, the Mewati Gharana maestro, Pandit Jasraj had his initial grooming in music under his father, the Late Pandit Moti Ram. He then underwent intensive training under his elder brother and guru, the late Pandit Mani Ram.

Endowed with a rich, soulful and sonorous voice which traverses effortlessly over all three and a half octaves, Panditji’s vocalising is characterised by a harmonius blend of classic and opulent elements, projecting traditional music as an intense spiritual expression, at once chaste and densely coloured. This gives his music a very sublime emotional quality, touching the soul of the listener. He has been guided in this by his spiritual guru, late MAHARANA JAIWANT SINGHJI of ANAND, another doyen of the Mewati gharana.
He has received several titles and awards such as Padma Bhushan, Surer Guru, Sangeet Martand, Sangeet Kala Ratna, Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Doctorate in Music by Vishwa Unnayan Sansad (West Bengal), Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar, and the Dinanath Mangeshkar Award.

He has also been honored by the Harvard University art museum in the U.S.
His greatest and most original contribution in the field of Indian music is his conception of a unique and novel jugalbandi based on the ancient system of moorchanas, between a male and a female vocalist, each singing in their respective scales and different ragas at the same time. This has been well acclaimed all over India and the connoisseurs of music in Pune named it "Jasrangi Jugalbandi".

He has conducted research in Haveli Sangeet, his mentor in this genre being Baba Shyam Manohar Goswami Maharaj. Not content to remain merely a performer, he has composed beautiful bandishes and popularized them. As a Guru, he is unequalled, successfully imparting his knowledge and love of music to a number of disciples with the care and solicitude of a true teacher in the Indian tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Kaminski
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Kadar Khan
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Ustad Kadar Khan, founder and director of the Kalavant Center for Music and Dance, arrived in the U.S. in 1988, and brought with him a rich tradition of Indian classical music, and the desire to propagate this music internationally. While in India during the early 1980’s, Ustad Kadar Khan recognized the growing need to preserve India’s great classial music traditions, and in 1982 he founded the Naad Niket Musical Academy in Ahmedabad, India. Under his direction, the academy nurtured severalyoung talents who themselves have won awards in national competitions and have gone on to accompany some of India’s greatest musicians.
and has given numerous lecture/demonstrations in universities and other cultural institutions including: Columbia University, Wesleyan University, Manhattan School of Music, Harvard University, William Patterson College of New Jersey, University of Chicago, The World Music Institute, and the American Museum of Natural History.


Ustad (literally “master”) Kadar Khan was born in Rajasthan, India into a family of professional musicians. His ancestors, for generations, served as royal court musicians for the rulers of India. Kadar Khan began his musical training at age seven under the strict tutelage of his father and guru, Ustad Reheman Khan. It was Ustad Reheman Khan who passed on to Kadar Khan the four traditional styles of tabla playing: the Delhi, Ajarada, Lucknow, and Farukhabad gharanas, or “schools”.

Ustad Reheman Khan received the knowledge of these gharanas from his gurus, namely his father Chowdury Ajmeri Khan, a disciple of Ustad Nunhei Khan of the Delhi gharana, Ustad Masit Khan of the Farukhabad gharana, Ustad Azim Khan, father of the great Ustad Nizamuddin Khan, and the legendary Khalifa Ghulam Hussain Khan, master of the two Purab styles of tabla, Farukhabad and Lucknow, and representative of the repertoire of Ustad Munir Khan. It is the tabla repertoire of these great Ustads, including Ustad Jamal Khan (Hyderabad Sindh, Pakistan), Ustad Reheman Khan's elder brother, that Kadar Khan possesses and preserves.

Kadar Khan carries on these traditional styles in their most authentic forms while also creating new works and compositions rooted in the time-honoured techniques and performance conventions of tabla playing. Kadar Khan is one of the most charismatic performers of Indian classical music today, who within his music creates complex rhythmic structures and improvisations with an energy and style rarely seen in a traditional musician. Notably, his artistry is rare in that he plays not only with singers and instrumentalists; he is also a masterful accompanist of Indian classical dance and an accomplished performer of solo tabla playing. In 1985, Kadar Khan’s artistry was heard by an audience of millions when he performed as a featured soloist on All India Radio and Doordarshan Television’s concert series “National Highlights.” In 1998 he was a recipient of the American Academy of Artists Award. Throughout his career, he has accompanied artists such as Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flute), Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra (guitar), Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (guitar), Ustad Sultan Khan (sarangi), Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan (sitar), Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan (vocal), Smt. Lakshmi Shankar (vocal) and many others.

Because of Ustad Kadar Khan's rich ancestral heritage, and notably the rich musical heritage of tabla he received from his father, Kadar Khan possesses an extraordinary wealth of knowledge on the history of traditional tabla, and the material, or compositions, that come out of this history. Kadar Khan wishes to share this knowledge with those people interested in going deep into traditional music. He will continue to perform publicly and teach his devoted students while living between Manhattan and his home in India.

Ustad Kadar Khan is available for lecture/demonstrations, master classes, and private study. He is also available for hire as an accompanist. For more information please contact the Kalavant Center.

 

Mani Prasad
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Pandit Mani Prasad is a leading vocal exponent of Hindustani classical music, and is widely recognized as a pre-eminent representative of the Kirana gharana.

Panditji was raised in an atmosphere of Hindustani classical music and started his Sangeet Sadhana (devotion to music) in early childhood, receiving training from his father Pandit Sukhdev Prasad, and his grandfather Pandit Shakti Lal, both of whom were noted for their musical purity. He was later guided by his uncles Pandit Shankar Lal, and Pandit Gopal Prasad.
Notably, Pandit Mani Prasad is ranked as a Topgrade artist by India's esteemed national radio network, All India Radio (AIR), one of the highest accolades an Indian classical musician can receive in his country.


He regularly performs throughout India in major festivals such as Radio Sangeet Sammelan, and performs for AIR's nationally broadcasted classical music programs, as well as for various television networks, including Doordarshan, India's national television network.


In addition to his successes in India, he has travelled the globe sharing his art with audiences worldwide. He has performed in the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, Africa, USSR, and various Middle Eastern countries, receiving great appreciation for his artistry wherever he sings . On the occasion of the Fifth Festival of Arts of India in London, the High Commissioner of India to the U.K. remarked, "your performance has helped bring understanding of India's cultural heritage".

Panditji has also been honored with many awards throughout his musical career. Amongst them is the Raseshwar Award, given by Sur Singar Samsad of Mumbai, the Swarmani Award, which he received in 1980 in New Delhi, and the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy Award.


Furthermore, Pandit Mani Prasad wishes to share his musical knowledge, spreading the musical tradition he has received from his forefathers through the Guru-Shishya Parampara. His students are numerous and many accomplished singers themselves, including his sons Deepak Kumar, and Lalit Kumar.

Panditji has released numerous audio and video recordings which are available worldwide.

 

 


Manju Mehta
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Smt. Manju Mehta belongs to a very well-known family of Jaipur and had her initial training in sitar from her elder brother Pt. Shahsimohan Bhatt. Her younger brother is the world renown Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (guitar). In her youth, she won central and state government scholarships and received training from Damodarlal Kabra. She went on to do her Master of Music in which she cleared first class.

She has had the good fortune of studying sitar under Pt. Ravi Shankar's guidance since 1980. In an appraisal of her her work, it is obvious the influence she's had on the field of art can be felt in almost every facet of music, including performance, composition, and teaching. She is an experienced teacher of thirty five years, and a large number of her students draw much inspiration and satisfaction from her work. She is also a trustee of the renowned organisation "Saptak", which is dedicated to the promotion of Indian classical music.

Mrs. Mehta has been a regular television and radio artist graded 'A', has participated in major music concerts in India and abroad, and has also been felicitated by a number of government and non-government organisations. She has received the prestigious Gaurav Puraskar by the Sangeet Natak Academy of Gujarat, and has to her credit the Tuesday night concert of 'Akashwani', Saturday National Programme of music of 'Akashwani', and Diwali Akashwani Sangeet Sammelan. She was honored by the Medical Association of Ahmedabad, and by "Triveni" Baroda on the World Theater day.

Her performances from time to time have earned tremendous applause. The real beauty of her music stems from her devotion and commitment to the tradition she represents. Through her music, she demonstrates the subtle features that breath life and beauty into the Indian Ragas. Her instinctively spontaneous sense of creativity exceeds the tunefulness of her melodies. The rigidity of her rhythmic control and the exquisite balance and proportion, that flows forth so naturarlly in her music, import freshness and consistency to her music. People know her as an artist whose performance is of the highest caliber, but it's really her warmth and sensitivity as a human being that makes her truly great, not to mention she is a teacher par excellence.

 

 


Mehmood Hasan
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Moinuddin Khan
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Born in a family of traditional musicians, Ustad Moinuddin Khan began his studies at a very young age under the tutelage of his father, Ustad Shadi Khan. Today, Moinuddin Khan is counted amongst the leading exponents of the illustrious Beenkar of Senia Gharana, which is inherited, from his father, Ustad Shadi Khan, who was a leading disciple of Ustad Ahmed Baksh Khan.

Moinuddin Khan worked with All India Radio, Indore for a number of years. He was always invited to perform in the prestigious music conferences held all over India. Being such a remarkable musician, he twice performed Sarangi solo, in the "All India Radio National Highlights" before a national audience.

Through his association with All India Radio, Moinuddin Khan became a highly respected performing partner for artists of such stature as Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Ustad Amir Khan, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Begam Aktar, Ustad Faiyaz Khan, and many others.

Moinuddin Khan has also been active as a master teacher of sarangi, violin, and voice. He has taught many people who are professional musicians, and are also associated with All India Radio. It is through these teaching endeavors that he strives to perpetuate the richness and beauty of his vast musical heritage.

 

Niraj Parikh
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Partho Bose
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Premik Russel Tubbs
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Rais Khan
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Ustad Rais Khan was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India in 1939. His family background descends through 30 generations of Indian culture. Ustad Rais Khan descends directly from court musicians of 15th Century Moghul Emperors, thus he belongs to one of the oldest and most renowned musical families, and is therefore the torch-bearer of a lineage that dates back to Haddu Khan and Hassu Khan. His father, Ustad Mohammed Khan started his son's “Taalim” (training) at the age of two and a half by presenting him a small coconut-shell sitar. The training was rigorous and at times the demands made on him were more than the young pupil could cope with, although his mother stood by him providing him with encouragement and all the facilities needed for his hours of practice. At the age of five he gave his first public performance at Sunderbai Hall in the presence of the then Governor, Sir Maharaja Singh. In 1955, he was selected from a huge list of competitors from all over the continent of India to represent the Indian nation at the International Youth Festival in Warsaw, where Ustad Rais Khan carried off the first prize and the gold medal for his virtuosity. Since that time, he has been touring extensively throughout the world, delighting packed audiences of many thousands in many major capital cities. Ustad Rais Khan has a compelling presence and spontaneous link with all who have had the pleasure to experience his unique style and captivating performance.

His dynamic personality and genius have made him one of the most outstanding artists of our time. The fact that he is an accomplished vocalist accounts for much of his popularity. At the end of his recitals he often sings and demonstrates compositions, which thrills his listeners. Through these demonstrations, his audiences are able to see immediately how closely related vocal and instrumental music are.

His music is his life and his links with his audiences are his life-blood. In leisure moments, he has found time and skill to obtain a private pilot’s license, to become a champion badminton player, to become a swimming champion, and to become wholly conversant in the world of Formula I racing cars. In social terms, he has been an asset in diplomatic circles throughout the world, where he has united a variety of different attitudes and persuasions by the profound message of his beautiful sound.

 

 

Rajkumar Rizvi
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Rajkumar, the world-renowned ghazal singer/composer from Bombay, India represents one of the most profound vocal talents on the Indian cultural scene today. He has taken the music world by storm, setting new standards for the ghazal, India's most popular musical form.

Rajkumar grew up singing under the tutelage of his father Ustad Noor Mohammed in the desert land of Rajasthan.

It was here that he learnt the niceties of the Kalavant Gharana, which included a family of singers, composers and raga creators who performed for the royal courts. Later, Rajkumar learned to play the sitar form Ustad Jamaluddin Bharatiya, a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. His musical affections, however, lay with the romantic couplets, ghazals.

Rajkumar showed sparks of brilliance in handling this most popular form of vocal music with sensitivity. His style has retained its classical timbre, and over the years his fan following has increased, while his tantalizing romantic ghazals have become more and more popular. He made his first trip abroad as part of the Indian delegation to Hong Kong in 1969. Since then he has travelled extensively in the U.S.A., Canada, all over Europe and the far east and has performed on many stages and television programs. He has also been the recipient of many prestigious awards.

His latest CD Aaina-E-Zindagi bears testimony to the depths of Rajkumar's virtuosity. He spends major portion of his time giving perofromance all over the world and conductiong workshops for aspiring artists at Disha Arts Academy in Toronto, Canada.

 

 

 

Sabir Khan
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Sabir khan was born in Jodhpur Rajasthan. Belongs to a Sikar Gharana of music who have given several stalwarts to Indian classical music. He is the ninth generation to take up Sarangi. His great grand father Ustad Azim Khan shaab was a court musician at Sikar Rajasthan.

Sabir khan was exposed to music when he was six year old through his grand father Ustad Gulab khan shaab who was a great sarangi player and vocalist of his time and after that his taking training from his father world renowned sarangi player and vocalist Ustad Sultan Khan shaab and from his late uncle Ustad Nasir khan shaab .

Sabir khan is well known today for his delicate mastery of sarangi. His technique of playing is rare combination of sur and laya (note and rhythm). Sabir Khan already remarkably imbibed almost all of his great father's repertoire with a similar command
and mastery on the sarangi. Indeed a chip of the old block.

Sabir khan now a days sharing stage with his father in each and every concert and also performing solo. He have honoured to perform with artist like Ustad Zakir Hussain, pt.Kumar Bose,pt. Anindo Chatterjee etc. . Beside an classical music artist his equally into light music played with artist like gazal maestro Ustad Gulam Ali, Talat Aziz, Asha bhosle and recently played in the album of great Lata Mangeshkar. Played in several feature films like Chameli,Rog,Dor,Anwar,Sanwariya,Chodon na yaar,Jodha Akbar are the few.

He has already drawn the attention of many musician and serious listener for his mastery presentations at various important venues in India, U.K. ,U.S.A.,Europe etc. . Performed at various concerts and musical festivals throughout India and abroad. His the beacon of the younger generation a wonderful product of talented nurture. He have the promising future in the field of music.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Shahid Parvez Khan
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Ustad Shahid Parvez Khansahib belongs to the seventh generation of the famous Etawah gharana in sitar playing. He is the son of Ustad Aziz Khan, the famous musician and a noted composer, and he is the grandson of Ustad Wahid Khan, the Surbahar and Sitar virtuoso. Ustad Wahid Khan was the uncle of Ustad Vilayat Khan.

Ustad Shahid Parvez was introduced to vocal music and tabla by his illustrious father, Ustad Aziz Khan, before he was initiated into playing sitar. He was recognized as a child prodigy, and gave his first public performance at the age of eight. Perseverant in the minutest technical detail, and the purity of Ragas, he gave utmost attention to the improvisation of every aspect of 'layakari'.

In Ustad Shahid Parvez, we find a unique combination of the 'gayaki' ang (influenced by vocal stylings and produced by the left hand) and the 'tantrakari' ang (the rhythm produced by the right hand, the mizrab). Over the years, he has created a distinct genre of instrumental music, and has evolved a distinctive style of his own.

Ustad Shahid Parvez is a 'top' grade artist of All India Radio. He is one of the few maestros to enjoy global reputation, and he has numerous LP records, audio and video cassettes, and Compact Discs to his credit. He has been honored with several awards, both national and international, and has participated in many of the major festivals in India and abroad, including the Festival of India, held in the U.S., Canada, U.S.S.R., Europe, and so on.

For many years now, Ustad Shahid Parvez has enthralled audiences in India and abroad, creating a trance with his music. He has carved out a niche amongst the topmost artists in the world. As stated in the Rajasthan Patrika, "After to listening to Ustad Shahid Parvez, the future of sitar is still bright, after Pandit Ravi Shankarji."

 

 

 

Shakir Khan
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Shailesh Bhagawat
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Sultan Khan
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Ustad Sultan Khan is one of the foremost sarangi players of India, renowned for the emotional depth of his playing, and his extraordinary technical and melodic control over this difficult string instrument. He is one of the representatives of the Indore Gharana, made famous by Ustad Amir Khan. A scion of illustrious lineage of sarangi players, beginning his training at age seven, he learned the rudiments from his father, Ustad Gulab Khan who was both an accomplished sarangi player and a vocalist. A little wonder then that the Ustad like his father, always punctuates his concerts with vocal Amir khani nuances. When he picks up the sarangi to lilting Sargams where he has left off vocally, the succeeding notes emerge in continuation as though the sarangi sings. His systematic Badhat, exquisite Gamaks, and intricate Tans make his performances unique and soulful.

Ustad Sultan Khan gave his first performance at the All-India Conference at the age of 11, and since then has become to be recognized on an international scale, performing along with Pandit Ravi Shankar on former Beatle, George Harrison’s 1974 Dark Horse World Tour. He has won numerous musical awards, including being a recipient twice of the Sangeet Natya Academy Award, also know as the President's Award, as well as being a recipient of the Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra, and the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998. In 1997 he had the honor and privledge of playing for Prince Charles' 50th birthday celebration.

Ustad Sultan Khan also has composed and recorded music for films, such as In Custody, and Ghandi. But, his true devotion and love lie in playing the classical music of India. Ustad Sultan Khan has made a number of classical music recordings released on several different labels: Rycodisc, Moment Records, World Music Library, Chhandhara, India Archives, and Navras.

 

 

 

Ulhas Kashalkar

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Ulhas Kashalkar, one of the prime representatives of Gwalior and Jaipur Gharanas, has earned wide recognition in India and abroad. He was initiated to music by his father Shri N.D.Kashalkar an able musicologist. A gold medalist at his post-graduation in music, he was later on trained by Pandit Ram Marathe and Pandit Gajananbua Joshi, stalwarts of Hindustani Classical Music.

Gifted with a melodious voice, with superb flexibility, Kashalkar's music appeals to every music lover. His gaykee is especially noted for pure traditional rendering with his own asthetic interpretation. Renowned cassette companies of India and abroad have brought out many cassettes and compact discs of his music, a testimonial to his immense popularity. He has performed extensively in India and abroad. Presently, he is associated with Sangeet Research Academy of Calcutta as a Guru.

 

 

Uma Garg
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Vilayat Khan
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As a performer, Ustad Vilayat Khan was the sixth generation of a renowned family of sitarists. Vilayat Khan's great grandfather Ustad Sahabdat Khan gave the Surbahar (Bass Sitar) the final form that it has today. His grandfather, Ustad Imdad Khan, pioneered the Imdad Khani Gharana (tradition) of sitar technique. In this tradition, Ustad Imdad Khan brought human vocal profundity to the sitar, drawing upon khyal (Indian vocal technique). Vilayat Khan's father and teacher, Ustad Inayat Khan, continued and expanded this traditon. Vilayat Khan has continued and expanded it as well. He has introduced his own innovations in sitar performance, including the 'gayaki' ang style of vocalization.

By the age of four, Vilayat Khan was playing the sitar. At eight, his first public performance catapulted him to fame. Since then, Vilayat Khan has performed throughout India, the United States and Europe, including concerts at Buckingham Palace, the enormous Royal Albert Hall, and the royal courts of Iran and Afghanistan. Often loudspeakers have had to be placed outside packed auditoriums to make his music available to disappointed fans who were turned away due to lack of seating.

Ustad Vilayat Khan has extensively recorded the traditional classical music of India and his own compositions within that tradition. Such compositions include his film scores, including scores for films by Satyajit Ray and by Merchant and Ivory.

Ustad Vilayat Khan was called "Aftaab-e-Sitar", the radiant star of the sitar, a title conferred on him by the late President of India, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. Revered guitar genius Andres Segovia called Vilayat Khan "a genius one of the handful of the world's greatest musicians." The San Francisco Chronicle and Le Monde of Paris both called him "The greatest sitarist of the century."

 


Zakir Khan
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Zakir Khan comes from a long line of exceptional musicians. He began his training at the age of 8 from his grandfather, Ustad Raheman Khan, and later with his father, Late Ayub Khan. Today, he continues to train with his uncle, Ustad Kadar Khan while also teaching at the Kalavant Center for Music and Dance as well as Bollywood Performing Arts. Zakir has also assisted in lectures, demonstrations, and performances, for the New York Board of Education, the Jamaica Arts Center, the New York Public Libraries, Bloomsburg University, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, Hunter College, and Columbia University. His soft and delicate style coupled with the precision, clarity, and consistency of tabla playing embodies the true virtuosity of a talented musician.

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