Friday, February 16, 2018




accompanied by 
Uday Ramdas on Tabla

at Hall of Culture, Nehru Centre,
Discovery of India Section, Worli
Sat 17th Feb 2018 at 6.30 p.m

Son and disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan, and nephew of Ustad Vilayat Khan, Irshad, dubbed as the "Mozart of Indian Music" (Isthmus, Milwaukee U.S.A.), is one of the foremost representatives of a musical heritage unprecedented in India. He is the torchbearer of the younger generation of the leading school of Sitar, known as the Imdadkhani Etawa Gharana. 

Internationally recognized as one of the greatest living Sitar players and as the leading Surbahar (bass sitar) exponent of his generation, his expertise in both instruments ascends from the distinctiveness of his technique and mental prowess. His style is followed and inspires many formative and professional sitar players of his generation. 
His phenomenal control of the intricate "gayaki-ang"(vocal) and "tantra-ang"(instrumental) styles, whether performing  traditional ragas, or musical forms outside Indian classical,  stimulates the imagination. Constantly searching for new ways to communicate with audiences, he transcends cultural barriers turning each performance into a spellbinding and unforgettable experience.

A child prodigy, his international debut at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, was only at 13. 
At 18, he made history by becoming the youngest soloist to perform at one of the most prestigious international music festivals held in London, known as the Indian All Night Concert at the Proms. He has played in over 40 countries
Founder / President of Universal Academy for Musicians, based in Ontario and Mumbai, he conducts workshops, lectures and master classes in various educational institutions.

As his students come from different musical backgrounds – jazz, flamenco, African and Western classical, his  Academy promotes cross-cultural collaborations and exchanges between different musical cultures. Their mandate is to preserve and propagate the particular strengths of Indian music. Says Irshad, "You are never too old to learn music, but you do need the time to practice. If you didn't get the chance to take music lessons when you were a kid, be assured that it's never too late. Indian classical music is one of the best tools for energizing or soothing your soul and boasts of perhaps the most sophisticated systems of rhythmic structures and patterns, as well as its emphasis on improvisation."

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Amita Banerjee


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