Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan (Sitar)

Sri Subhajyoti Guha (Tabla)

Sunday, September 14, 2008, 4:00 pm

Shahid Parvez KhanSri Shubhajyoti Guha

A rare treat is in store for denizens of the Twin Cities! The Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM), together with The India Center Initiative at the University of Minnesota, will be jointly presenting a concert of Indian classical music by the world renowned Sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, accompanied by the sensational Subhajyoti Guha on Tabla.


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Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest living exponents of the Sitar, easily the best known of all Indian string instruments. He is the son of Ustad Aziz Khan, famous musician and noted composer and the grandson of Ustad Wahid Khan, Surbahar and Sitar grandmaster and uncle to Ustad Vilayat Khan. Shahid Parvez Khan was introduced by his father to vocal music, Tabla and Sitar from a very young age, gave his first public performance at the age of eight and has gone on to become undoubtedly one of the most widely recognized Sitarists the world over.

Shahid Parvez Khan is renowned above all, for his tremendous control of meend, the technique of pulling the main melody string of the Sitar laterally across the instrument’s frets to vary the pitch. This technique allows a wide range of effects from the continuous sliding between notes to the most delicate oscillations on a single note, and effectively allows the Sitarist to imitate closely the ways in which voice is used in Indian music. The Ustad has also worked very hard to emphasize the unique capabilities of the Sitartantrakari) into a tradition otherwise heavily reliant on models of classical vocal music (gayaki). This uncanny blend of both styles, the gayaki (vocal) and the tantrakari (instrumental) and the rare genius for combining romantic intensity with technical brilliance, makes Khan the foremost Sitarist of our times.

Subhajyoti Guha is one among the new generation of Tabla exponents, taking this world pleasing and most popular percussion instrument to greater heights in the 21st century. An award-winning prodigy from a musical family, Subhajyoti was introduced to Tabla at age five by his father Dr. Smriti Ranjan Guha, a disciple of late Ustad Keramatullah Khan of Farukkabad Gharana. He has since studied with Pandit Sankha Chatterjee and performed internationally as soloist and accompanist with some of India’s leading musicians.

About the Venue:

Directions and parking:Coffman Memorial Union

300 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Coffman Memorial Union is in the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. Parking is available in the East River Road Garage. Click here for directions to the Coffman Memorial Union.


IMSOM’s Fall 2008 Concert Series has been supported in part by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s (MRAC) Arts Activities Support and Capital Grants, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, and IMSOM members. The India Center Initiative at the University of Minnesota is funded in part by the Minnesota State Legislature. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI “Fresh Air” Radio ( 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul ).

For further information contact: Durgesh ( 651.356.1224) or Sudha (



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