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Shujaat Husain Khan 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.
Shujaat Khan's musical pedigree extends seven generations. 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. He began his
musical career 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. He 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
In 1999, Khan performed as a soloist with the Edmonton Symphony
Orchestra and in 2007, he was the featured artist at musical concerts
celebrating India's 50th anniversary of independence at Carnegie Hall
in New York, Paramount Theatre in Seattle, and Meyers Symphony Theater
in Dallas. Khan was also the sole artist representing India in a
special performance at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in
Geneva commemorating India's independence the same year. Alongside his
many notable performances, Khan has been a regularly featured
artist at prestigious concert halls including Royal Albert Hall in
London, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, and Congress Hall in Berlin.
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". 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.
Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely
across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals
as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and
western musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize
ceremony in Oslo, Norway on December 10th, 2007. His compositions are
widely acclaimed as well as his writings.
Chatterjee began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt.
Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later
formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh
Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of
Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of
Tabla-playing, which he now represents.
Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 30 years and many of
his students are established performers. He is on the faculty at
Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh,
New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and University of Bridgeport
in CT. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals.
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IMSOM’s Fall 2012 Concert Series
has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan
Regional Arts Council’s (MRAC) Arts Activities Support (AAS)
Grant, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the
Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from
US Bank, and the generosity of its members and donors. These concerts
are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).
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