UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Sharmistha Sen and Sabri Khan, 1992-06-06  PDF

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Sercombe, Laurel; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Sharmistha Sen and Sabri Khan
2 items  :  OT - 2 DATs; WT - 4 reels (7.5 ips, 2 tr. stereo, 7" (1) & 10" (3)); Duration: 3:04:00
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Concert featuring Visiting Artists in Ethnomusicology Sharmistha Sen and Sabri Khan. Recorded June 6, 1992 at the Museum of History and Industry Auditorium, Seattle.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
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Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Sharmistha Sen is one of the few women instrumentalists to have attained prominence in Indian Classical music. Her main teachers were the late Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan, who played in the classic dhrupad-based Jaipur -Seniya style; and the late Professor D. T. Joshi, a widely respected teacher who was a disciple of the legendary Ustad Inayat Khan. Her musical style can perhaps be described as a cross between the traditional Imdadkhani style imbibed from D. T. Joshi, and the Jaipur Seniya style learned from Mushtaq Ali Khan. Her touch, strokes, glides and subsequent production of tonal and microtonal effects are typical of her two gurus, but has a signature decidedly her own.

There are very few accomplished musicians today who have had music training both in the unique classical Master-disciple, guru-shishya system as well as in the modern University system where she earned her doctoral degree from Visvabharati University in Santiniketan.Sharmistha made her public debut when she was just thirteen. She has won numerous awards and participated in many major music festivals in India. Later, she concertized throughout Europe and the U. S. During the 1983-84 academic year, she was on the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle, as Artist-in-Residence. She was a Professor of Music in Daulat Ram College at Delhi University.

- www.indiarts.com

Sabri Khan was born on May 21, 1927 into a family of distinguished musicians in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. He belonged the Sainia "gharana", which traced its musical traditions back to Mian Tansen, the great musician in the court of Mughal emperor Akbar.Khan was initiated into playing the sarangi by his grandfather Ustad Haji Mohammed Khan and later learnt from his father, Ustad Chajju Khan, both acclaimed sarangi players of their time. He also spent some time learning from his uncle Ustad Laddan Khan of Rampur.

Over the years, Khan emerged as an accomplished musician and performed all over the world, introducing the sarangi to foreign audiences. He performed a duet with renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin and served as a visiting professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.

- NetIndian News Network

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Recorded by Laurel Sercombe and Ashok Kumar for the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives; recorded with Panasonic SV-250 DAT recorder.

Performers: 1st half of concert: Sharmistha Sen/sitar; Manoj Nagar/tabla; 2nd half of concert: Ustad Sabri Khan/sarangi and voice; Manoj Nagar/tabla.

Title of concert: On the Light Side: An Evening of Romantic Ragas.

Concert presented by the Music and Cultural Society of India (Seattle).

Transmission Data: Digital files created from original DATs 8/2010 (by Gary Louie) - AW1 N. India 92-21.1 OT.wav, AW1 N. India 92-21.2 OT.wav

Documentation: Concert flyer

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Classical Music, Hindustani
  • Concerts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Sarangi
  • Sitar
  • Tabla music
  • Geographical Names :
  • Asia
  • India--Asia--South Asia
  • North India
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Khan, Sabri, 1925-2015 (instrumentalist)
    • Khan, Sabri, 1925-2015 (vocalist)
    • Kumar, Manoj (instrumentalist)
    • Sen, Sharmistha (instrumentalist)