Ustaad Vilayat Khan Music Foundation hosts musical evening in Delhi

The Ustaad Vilayat Khan Music Foundation has hosted a musical evening at Modern School Barakhamba Road in New Delhi with a jugalbandi by Shujaat Khan and Zakir Hussain on the Sitar and Tabla respectively.

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After a gap of many years the duo performed together and marked a momentous example in Delhi’s cultural calendar, a media statement issued by the Foundation said.

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The guest spotted at the event were Najeeb Jung, Designer Anju Modi, Naresh Kapuria, Sharon Lowen, Uma Sharma, Rekha Modi and Mona Maliah, Raja Randhir Singh, Ravi Jhunjhunwala including others.

With music that touches your soul, Shujaat Husain Khan is one of the greatest North Indian classical musicians of his generation. He belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the sitar and his style of playing sitar, known as the gayaki ang, is reminiscent of the delicateness of the human voice.

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Truly international, Shujaat Khan has performed at all the prestigious music festivals in India and has performed throughout Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe. Audiences around the world are captivated by his unique style of sitar playing, his exceptional voice, and his intuitive and spontaneous approach to rhythm.

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In 1999, Khan performed as a soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and in 2007, he was the featured artist at musical concerts celebrating India’s 50th anniversary of independence at Carnegie Hall in New York, Paramount Theatre in Seattle, and Meyers Symphony Theater in Dallas.

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Khan made us proud by being the solo artist representing India in a special performance at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in Geneva commemorating India’s independence the same year. His album ‘Rain’ has been nominated for the Grammy Awards. The Boston Herald has listed Ustad Shujaat Khan along with Luciano Pavarotti as top 25 cultural events. Amazon.com has honored his album as ‘the hundred greatest World Music albums of all time.’

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With hands that are capable of producing magic, Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. His consistently brilliant and invigorating performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his home soil but also gained him worldwide fame.

A classical tabla marvel of the highest order, his playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational proficiency, found in formidable knowledge and study. The favorite accompanist for many of India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers, he is never satisfied by his genius and is constantly working towards improving the music scene globally.

He is widely considered one of the chief architects of the contemporary world music movement. His contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations, including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, Remember Shakti, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers. His music and extraordinary contribution to the music world were honored in April, 2009, with four widely-heralded and sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Artist Perspective series.

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