Shujaat Husain Khan

Shujaat Husain Khan


“I believe today the sitar we play is completely different to what it was earlier.”

“A Symbol of Music is Evolution”

Shujaat Husain Khan (born 19 May 1960) is one of the greatest North Indian Classical musician and sitar exponent of his generation. His musical lineage extends seven generations and he is the son and disciple of the great Sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. He belongs to the Imdadkhani gharana and his style of playing sitar, known as the gayaki ang, is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice. His musical career began at the age of three when he began practicing on a specially made small sitar and by the age of six he was recognized as a child prodigy and began giving public performances. He 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. He came up with a folk and sufi album ‘Lajo lajo’, which had him singing along with playing the sitar. He is also known as a fearless collaborator. He was nominated for Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for his work with the band “Ghazal “with Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor.

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