| Ustad Shafaat Khan
Music For A Sunday Afternoon
Sun., Sept. 30, 2012 / 2pm
The Centenary Theater (aka The Little Theatre)
“Virtuoso…Classical purity astonishing…intellectual and poetic…creator
"The tabla accompaniment by Mr. Khan was absolutely
"Applause has never been a yardstick for success for
The world-renowned classical Indian musician, Ustad Shafaat Khan will be performing on the Centenary Stage Company with internationally acclaimed virtuoso musicianship on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Khan has mastered such classical Indian instruments as the Sitar, Surbahar and Tabla, and will be joined on stage by accompanying musicians, Richi Mehrotra and Layla Plaza. Khan’s powerful performances have made him a success throughout the world, and he has been hailed as “Absolutely superb,” (The Times London). “His ability to move his audience has helped to revive the art of classical Indian music,” states the Irish paper, The Cork Examiner, going on to say, “[this is ]Indian music at its top level…Shafaat’s marvelous showed us the rhythmic complexity of the music and enthralled the audience!”
Ustad Shafaat Khan, world-renowned classical Indian musician, debuted at the age of 11 in the King’s Lynn Festival opened by the Queen Mother. Since then he has performed worldwide at many prestigious concert halls, music festivals, universities in India, Pakistan, Japan, Russia, China, Malaysia, UK, Germany, France, Italy, and other European countries. Mr. Khan’s musical heritage can be traced back to the 16th century to the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. He is the son of the legendary Sitar and Surbahar Maestro Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. In tabla, he is the foremost disciple of the widely respected Ustad Ibrahim Khan.
He has played at events that were inaugurated by numerous dignitaries, including Presidents and Prime Ministers of various countries around the world. He has shared a television performance with Ray Charles in Germany and recently performed alongside Stevie Wonder at the Bonnaroo Festival--one of the largest music festivals in the United States. He has played across the United States and has used his music as a means to help those in need.
Mr. Khan has distinguished himself by being the first known artist to attain simultaneous excellence in performing the Sitar, Surbahar, and Tabla. He has released three historic CDs produced by Dr. Deepak Chopra, in which he performed on the sitar/surbahar, and accompanied himself on the tabla, a first in Indian classical music. He notably recorded part of the soundtrack for "Pulse: A STOMP Odyssey" which was featured in IMAX Theaters. Mr. Khan performed his winning composition "River of Strings" at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia with a western Symphony Orchestra.
Emperor Akbar Mr. Khan's musical heritage can be traced back to the 16th century to the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. He is the son of the legendary Sitar and Surbahar Maestro Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. In tabla, he is the foremost disciple of the widely respected Ustad Ibrahim Khan.
Mr. Khan was presented with the Professional Excellence Award by the State of Pennsylvania for being an outstanding musician, performer, and teacher.
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