Husain Khan is perhaps the greatest North Indian classical musician of
his generation. He belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana (tradition) of the
sitar (lute) and is the seventh in the unbroken line from his family that
has produced many musical masters. His style known as the gayaki ang,
is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice.
Shujaat Husain Khan is the son and disciple of master sitarist Ustad Vilayat
Khan. His musical pedigree continues back through his grandfather, Ustad
Inayat Khan; his great-grandfather, Ustad Imdad Khan; and his great-great-grandfather,
Ustad Sahebdad Khan - all leading artist of their generation.
At the age of three Shujaat began practicing on a specially made small
sitar, and by the time he was six, the child prodigy started giving public
performances. Since then he has performed at all the prestigious music
festivals in India and has traveled around the world performing in Asia,
Africa, North America and Europe. Shujaat Husain Khan has developed his
own unique style of playing Indian classical music. His approach to rhythm
is largely intuitive, fresh and spontaneous, always astonishing his audiences.
He is also known for his exceptional voice, which he uses for singing
folk songs and poetry.
On the occasion of India's 50th anniversary of independence, a music festival
was held in the United States. In this Shujaat Husain Khan was a featured
artist and among other locations performed at the Carnegie Hall in New
York, Paramount Theater in Seattle, and Meyers Symphony Theater in Dallas.
In continuance of this commemoration, the United Nations bestowed upon
him a special honor, choosing him as the sole artist to represent India
with a performance at the prestigious Assembly Hall in Geneva.
His memorable appearances include performance at the Royal Albert Hall
in London, Royce Hall in Los Angeles and Congress Hall in Berlin. In the
summer of 1999, he was the featured soloist with the Edmonton Symphony
Orchestra. His collaboration with different genres of music has been a
very strong point as is evidenced by the enormously successful Indo-Persian
venture, the Ghazal Ensemble. Their album, Rain, was nominated for a Grammy
award in 2004.In January 2000, the Boston Herald listed Shujaat Husain
Khan, along with luminaries like Seiji Ozawa and Luciano Pavarotti among
the top 25 upcoming cultural events for the year.
He has been invited as visiting faculty at the Dartington School of Music
in England, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University
of California at Los Angeles.
He has over 50 musical releases on a variety of international labels;
and also a very commercially successful video called KHANDAN. Additionally,
he has been honored with numerous awards by many different Indian and
Listen to a radio interview with Shujaat Khan on
KCRW (Los Angeles) Cafe
L.A. with Tom Schnabel
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