Spend a Very Special Evening with India’s Highly Revered Sitarist Master Sri Shujaat Khan: November 13th, Sunday @ 4:00 p.m.
Sri. Sujaat Khan is quite possibly northern India’s most highly regarded classical musician of this era. And it should come as no surprise as he comes from a long rich ancestry of India’s most highly-prized musicians, going back as far as 400 years or so. The Khan family established the most prestigious Imdadkhani gharana sitar school which has thus far produced seven generations of players, each of whom has made a monumental developmental impact upon the art of southeastern Asian classical music. Sujaat’s father, the late Ustad Vilayat Khan, is heralded as an absolute musical icon to this day. The younger Khan, also a virtuoso vocalist of great renown, is most known for his ability to bring a distinctive “singing-like” quality to the sound of his instrument, a style referred to as gayaki ang. His instinctive sense of rhythm allows him to improvise in a most intriguing manner, astonishing the crowd every time. He has most definitely firmly established his very own original trademark classical style.
Already performing his own concerts at the tender age of six, Sri. Sujaat Khan has gone on to share both his singing and playing talents on stages of all of the major entertainment venues throughout his native India to many of those located abroad including Carnegie Hall (NYC), Royce Hall (Los Angeles), Royal Albert Hall (London), and Congress Hall (Berlin). One of the high points of his touring career thus far was his participation in 50th year celebration of India’s independence. He travled the US as a featured artist, eventually being honored as the repesentative performer from India in a special United Nations concert held at Geneva’s renowned Assembly Hall. He is a multi-award winner on both a national and international scale and was nominated for a Grammy as a participant in the 2004 world fusion recording “Rain” by the Ghazal Ensemble. He has demonstrated his musical versitility in collaborative performances with the world most renown musicians from New Age star Karsh Kale to classical virtuoso Usted Rashid Khan. As a recording artist, Sri. Sujaat Khan’s output has reached over 60 cds, one of which made Amazon.com’s “100 Greatest World Music Albums of All Time” list.
This world class virtuoso has already taken local audiences by storm. In the year 2000 his performance was named by the Boston Herald as one of the “top 25 up-comming cultural events for the year”. Now he returns to the area for what promises to be a hugely successful repeat performance.
This concert is a part of the South Asian MITHAS series.
When: November 13th, Sunday @ 4:00 p.m.
Where: MIT (Wong Auditorium)
Tickets may be purchased online
MITHAS members / MIT students (Free)
General admission / Non-members ($30.00)
Non-MIT students ($10.00)