Young Masters

Ustad Nishat Khan

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Shafaat Ahmed Khan (Ustad)

About this album

Nishat Khan's music has a chemistry all its own. His touch on the sitar is beguiling, from the slow elaboration of the alap to the careful development of each phrase, building up to the whipping taans, satta, chhoots and gamak before reaching the climax of an incredibly swift yet clear jhala. This formidable talent owes much to the meticulous training given by his father, Ustad Imrat Khan, and to his fortuitous birth in a family that has devoted itself to the sitar for seven generations.

Nishat began to play the sitar at the age of three and gave his first public performance at the age of seven. In 1975 he became the youngest musician to perform on All India Radio's National Programmed and two years later made a scintillating international debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Since then he has participated in many national and international music conferences and festivals, carrying everywhere the authentic tradition of the Imdadkhani Gharana.

His adherence to the purity of Indian classical music remains steadfast. That does not stop him, however, from a lively interest in other forms, and he has played with jazz idols like John Mc Laughlin.


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