UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Shujaat Khan and Akram Khan (video) (camera #5), 1993-11-20  PDF

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Neuman, Daniel M., 1944-
UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Shujaat Khan and Akram Khan (video) (camera #5)
1 videotapes  :  EC - 1 vct (S-VHS, sp, stereo, color); Duration: 2:03:00
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Recording of concert performance by visiting artists in Ethnomusicology Shujaat Khan and Akram Khan at the University of Washington, Meany Theater, 11/20/93.
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Shujaat Husain Khan was born May 19, 1690 in Calcutta and is one of the greatest North Indian classical musicians of his generation. He belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the sitar and his style of playing sitar, known as the gayaki ang, is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice. He is the son and disciple of the great sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan, and his grandfather, Ustad Inayat Khan, his great-grandfather, Ustad Imdad Khan, and his great-great-grandfather, Ustad Sahebdad Khan, were all leading artists of their respective generations. Khan's musical career began at the age of three when he began practicing on a specially made small sitar. By the age of six, he was recognized as a child prodigy and began giving public performances. Shujaat Khan 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.

Shujaat Khan has also collaborated with different genres of music. The Rain, an album featuring Shujaat Khan and the Indo-Persian Ghazal ensemble, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for "Best Traditional World Music Album".In January 2000, the Boston Herald listed Khan's concert, along with luminaries like Seiji Ozawa and Luciano Pavarotti, as one of the top 25 upcoming cultural events for the year. Additionally, among the numerous awards and international recognition he has received, Khan's Lost Songs of the Silk Road was honored on Amazon.com's "The 100 Greatest World Music Albums of All Time" list in August 2009.

In 2010, Shujaat Khan worked with Asha Bhosle in releasing Naina Lagai Ke. The two performed in sell out concerts at Royal Festival Hall in London, and at concerts in Birmingham and Leicester. Their album was selected as a "Top Ten Best New Album Release" by the editor of Songlines Magazine and was featured in the magazine's exclusive "Top of the World CD" in 2011. Shujaat Khan has been invited as visiting faculty at the Dartington School of Music in England, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He has more than 100 CD releases on a variety of international labels, as well as a video called KHANDAN.

- About Shujaat Husain Khan, shujaatkhan.com

Akram Khan hails from the famous Gharana of Tabla calls Ajrada Gharana one of the main Gharanas (style) in the field of music. Since his childhood he has been trained under the guidance of Ustad Mohd Shafi Khan, who was his great grandfather and also he was fortunate to learn from the great Ustad Niazu Khan and also his father Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan. He is the 7th ((seventh) unbroken generation in his family, who is carrying forward the art. From his childhood he was acknowledged by the great masters of Tabla. He is also fortunate to accompany his father Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan in various parts of the world to spread the name of Ajrada Gharana. In 1991, for the first time he performed in the USA at Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center. Since then, he has been participating in prestigious festivals across the globe.

Akram Khan has done his graduation in B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce) from Meerut College. He has also completed his Sangeet Visharadh from Chandigarh, Prabhakar and Sangeet Praveen from Allahabad. He has been honoured by All India Radio, Delhi felicitating him top grade and outstanding from ICCR. In 1993-94 he was appointed as visiting aritst in ethnomusicology at the University Of Washington, Seattle, USA.

- Ustad Akram Khan, Virasat Foundation

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Recorded by Daniel Neuman on Hi-8 videocassette using Canon l-1 camcorder (camera #5); Archives copy dubbed from original 8/94.

Performers: Shujaat Khan/sitar/surbahar; Akram Khan/tabla.

Contents: introduction by Daniel Neuman; Rag Jhinjoti alap and gat; Rag Shahana-Kanada alap and gat (incomplete).

Tape 2 of this set, if it exists, is missing.

Related collections: 1)AW01N North India/93-46 contains audio recording of same concert; 2)AW01N North India/94-20 contains camera #1 video recording of same; 3)AW01N North India/94-21 contains camera #2 video recording of same; 4)AW01N North India/94-22 contains camera #3 video recording of same; 5)AW01N North India/94-23 contains camera #4 video recording of same.

Documentation: See documentation file for AW1 N. India/93-46

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Classical Music, Hindustani
  • Concerts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Sitar
  • Tabla music
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • Geographical Names :
  • Asia
  • India--Asia--South Asia
  • North India
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Video recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Khan, Akram (instrumentalist)
    • Khan, Shujaat (instrumentalist)