Sunday, September 13, 2009

Legendary Video

This is a rare video produced by Pete Seeger @ 1964. This footage was taken at the home of Ustad Imrat Khan in Kolkata. He plays JhinJoti on sitar and is accompanied on tabla by Shaukat Ali Khan. It was aired from Peter Seeger's show Rainbow Quest. You also will see Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones with sitar. He was one of Ustad-Ji's students in the early 60s.

Click on video above or this link to see video:

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Concert Programs in September & October:

Friday, September 25th 2009
St. Mary's College, Maryland
Lecture Demonstration at 5:00pm
Evening Concert at 7:00pm
Sitar by Ustad Imrat Khan
Tabla accompaniment by Shafaatullah Khan

Sunday, September 27th 2009
Gandhi Memorial Center
Bethesda, Maryland
Evening Concert at 5:00pm
Sitar by Ustad Imrat Khan
Tabla accompaniment by Shafaatullah Khan
For ticket information see:

Saturday, October 17th 2009
Union Christian Church
St. Louis, Missouri
World Sacred Music Festival
All day event with closing performance
by Ustad Imrat Khan--7:00pm
For ticket information see:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tribute to a Legend

Ustad Ali Akbar Khansah
ab whom I respected and admired was not only a great musician but he was also a most loving and adorable person. Words are not enough to go into the depth of his greatness as he was an ocean of a musician.

His music is always there when I listen to any music and with all the musical imaginations he is always floating in the musical atmosphere.

Some of the most memorable performances I have been blessed to hear were when he played with my elder brother Ustad Vilayat Khan. They were like two wings of an angel enlightening and uplifting me and the entire audience with the true vision of heaven.

Although he has gone to his heavenly abode his music and the memory of his charming personality will always live in my heart and soul. Actually we live in a very wonderful and blessed musical period where we can glimpse some of his beautiful music from his recordings. But definitely blessed are those who heard him and experienced his memorable presence. More than this I will only be able to write with my tears.

May Allaah keep the torch of his Khandaan glowing.

Sincerest Condolences, Imrat Khan