Friday, May 12th, 2017 - 7:30pm
2960 Broadway at 116th Street, Manhattan
Co-presented with South Asia Institute at Columbia University
Q & A with the artist (held in between sets) moderated by Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University.
Shujaat Khan is a sitar virtuoso whose musical pedigree extends seven generations. He is the son and disciple of the great sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan, nephew of Imrat Khan, and a member of one of the oldest and most prestigious musical families and schools of India – the Imdadkhani Gharana of Etawah. Khan was the featured artist at musical concerts celebrating India’s 50th anniversary of independence at Carnegie Hall, Paramount Theatre in Seattle, and Meyers Symphony Theater in Dallas. The Rain, an album featuring Shujaat Khan and the Indo-Persian Ghazal ensemble, was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Traditional World Music Album”. For this concert, he will be joined by Samir Chatterjee and Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla.
[Vilayat Khan] set the standard by which the sitar, both in terms of its sound and its playing style, is evaluated today. It is difficult for any sitar player, let alone his son, to escape his influence -The Indian Express
Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana school. He has travelled widely across the world to perform as a soloist and as an accompanist with many outstanding musicians from both Indian and Western musical traditions.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Masters of Indian Music Series.