An evening with Sitar Maestro Ustad Shujaat Khan, accompanied on tabla by Shankh Lahiri and Dibyarka Chatterjee
For one night only, The Ringling presents sitarist Shujaat Khan, one of the greatest North Indian classical musicians of our time. Khan is most known for his gayaki ang style of sitar playing, a method that aims to match the subtleties of the human voice. With a musical pedigree that goes back seven generations, Khan’s adept sitar playing blends with finely-crafted, “sliding melodies of his vocalized style…into an irresistible expression of creative musical passion” (Los Angeles Times). Khan is known for emphasizing the rich tonality of the sitar and taking an intuitive and spontaneous approach to rhythm.
Hailed as “world music at its best,” (Billboard), Shujaat Khan has recorded over 60 albums and garnered a Grammy® nomination for Best Traditional World Music Album for his work with the Indo-Persian band Ghazal. As The Washington Post boasts, “Khan was a one-man string section, providing enough counterpoint for a half-dozen players…the playing was ecstatic and spontaneous, and retained its fluidity even when the tempo accelerated dramatically.”
Recognized as a child prodigy by the age of six, Khan is considered “one of the world’s best sitarists” (Village Voice), having mastered this staple of Hindustani and classical Indian music. Shujaat Khan travels the world serving as an ambassador for classical Indian music, and pushes the boundaries of tradition by collaborating with different genres of music to create his own unique repertory. Khan’s past appearances include Carnegie Hall and Paramount Theatre, regular features at Royal Albert Hall in London and the opportunity to be the sole artist representing India at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in Geneva in a special performance commemorating India’s independence.