TRI.P MUSIC FESTIVAL
THU, 19 JUL 2018
Nishat Khan is universally acknowledged as a leading sitar player of his time, transcending musical barriers with his provocative expression and spellbinding technical mastery. The son and disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan Nishat Khan stands at the threshold of the future of sitar and Indian music with his uniquely invigorating, contemporary approach. Born in Kolkata, he has been dazzling audiences since the age of seven, and was the youngest performer ever to play All-India Radio at the age of thirteen. His virtuosity has been compared to such luminaries as Jimi Hendrix (Chicago Sun Times) and J.S. Bach (Washington Times) because of the ingenious and deeply personal interpretation of his rich musical heritage.
Nishat Khan‘s trademark sitar playing is most lyrical, as is evident in all his music. He masterfully extends this lyricism into developing further his family’s hallmark sitar and surbahar playing, pioneered by his forefathers in an unbroken lineage of seven generations.
In 2013 Nishat Khan was commissioned by the BBC to play at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the BBC Philharmonic. Also in 2013, Nishat opened the International Film Festival of India with a grand duet performance with the legendary Kathak dancer maestro Birju Maharaj in Goa. Nishat visited Tehran with the Prime Minister’s delegation and performed a solo concert at the Vahdat Hall in 2016. He also performed at the Barbican Hall in 2016. In 2017 he played at the Aldeburgh Festival in the UK.