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SHUJAAT HUSAIN KHAN (article first published : 2006-07-24)

Shujaat Husain Khan - arguably the greatest North Indian classical musician of his generation – comes to the Playhouse in Durban for one show only on August 5 at bought to South Africa as a gesture of goodwill by New National Assurance with support from Mando’s Used Spares.

The internationally-respected sitar player came to South Africa last year when his performance was extremely well received.

Ustat Khan belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana (tradition) of the sitar (lute) and is the seventh in the unbroken line from his family that has produced many musical masters. His style - known as the gayaki ang - is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice. Shujaat Husain Khan is the son and disciple of master sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. His musical pedigree continues back through his grandfather, Ustad Inayat Khan; his great-grandfather, Ustad Imdad Khan; and his great-great-grandfather, Ustad Sahebdad Khan - all leading artist of their generation.

Shujaat Husain Khan has developed his own unique style of playing Indian classical music. His approach to rhythm is largely intuitive, fresh and spontaneous, always astonishing his audiences. This multi-award winner is also known for his exceptional voice, which he uses for singing folk songs and poetry. He has over 50 musical releases on a variety of international labels and a successful video called Khandan.

He has performed widely on the international circuit: representing India at India’s 50th anniversary of independence music festival in the USA as well as at the Carnegie Hall in New York; Paramount Theatre in Seattle; Meyers Symphony Theatre in Dallas; the Royal Albert Hall in London, Royce Hall in Los Angeles and Congress Hall in Berlin – among others. The United Nations chose him as the sole artist to represent India with a performance at the prestigious Assembly Hall in Geneva.

“We are delighted to be able to bring Shujaat to Durban again and we look forward to another inspirational performance from this master Sitar player,” says Mahmoud Rajab, Managing Director of New National Assurance.

Shujaat Khan appears in the Playhouse Opera on August 5 at 19h30. Tickets R50 booked through Computicket on 011 340 8000 or Dial-A-Seat on 031 369 9555/444 (R55 at the door prior to the show). Only a limited number of public tickets available so book early to avoid disappointment!




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