Ustad Irshad Khan

Category Instrumental | Tags Sitar Surbahar



Ustad Irshad Khan hails from the esteemed Imdadkhani sitar gharana - named for his great-grandfather - alongside greats such as Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Vilayat Khan (his uncle), and Ustad Imrat Khan (Irshad’s father). His ancestors gave shape to the modern sitar, customising the design and mastering gayaki ang (singing style). Irshad made his UK debut at the tender age of 13, and lives in Canada today, playing and teaching sitar and surbahar around the world.


"I believe music isn't just to shake one's hips to. If one's soul dances along with the movement in the hips, that's when the music has truly gotten into the individual. And this in true terms is good music!"


• Darbar Player: If short clips aren't enough...watch Irshad’s full-length version of Raag Darbari Kanada on the Darbar Player. We’re a small not-for-profit, and filming, editing, and hosting cost money - so subscribing costs $5/month, which we hope is an excellent price for such a wealth of unique music.


—Also see Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music, our new series exploring how music with ancient roots continues to innovate in a fast-paced, interconnected modern world. Expand your appreciation!


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