CITI-NCPA Aadi Anant: From Here to Eternity
Shujaat Khan (sitar)
Supported by Amit Choubey (tabla) and Sapan Anjaria (tabla)
A free webcast on NCPA Facebook Page & YouTube Channel
Despite the primacy accorded to the human voice and vocal music, the Indian subcontinent abounds in a variety of musical instruments. In fact, since the last quarter of the 20th century, musical instruments and instrumental music, in particular, seem to have claimed a prominent position in the firmament of Hindustani music.
Amongst Indian instruments, the sitar is perhaps the most popular instrument today. Contrary to widespread belief, this fretted lute is no older than 300 years. Although inspired by vocal music, the sitar repertoire is unique, veering heavily towards instrumental idioms. Nevertheless, it appears that over the years, some techniques have also been developed in order to be able to simulate vocal expressions, when so desired.
An eminent sitar player, and heir to the rich legacy of six generations of Etawah-Imdadkhani Gharana, Shujaat Khan was trained by his eminent father, Vilayat Khan. He has an unusual style that draws from his remarkable ability to express through voice as well as the vocalised idiom pioneered by his illustrious father. A recipient of many accolades and awards, Khan has performed widely across the world. He will present a range of musical genres: from classical, folk to Sufi.