About: Sarod Virtuoso Wajahat Khan
Indian Classical Master Musician
Ustad Wajahat Khan is an outstanding sarod maestro of
India today. Based in Calcutta and London, he has performed to great acclaim in over 40 countries worldwide, with a growing reputation as an exceptional world-ranking Indian classical musician of his generation. Son and nephew of the legendary sitar maestros Ustad Imrat Khan and late Ustad Vilayat Khan respectively, he belongs to one of the oldest and most revered musical families of the world, which goes back 400 years through a line of celebrated musicians to the courts of 16th century India and whose lasting contributions have profoundly influenced and shaped the course of north Indian instrumental music up to the present day.
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- ‘An exhilarating experience.. Wajahat’s virtuosity on the sarod can be taken for granted. - The Independent, London
- ‘music at its most spontaneous, vibrant and sensual.. brilliant flights of fingers and feelings had one sitting almost on the edge of the seat.’
-South China Morning Post
- ‘Wah Ustad Wah (Bravo Maestro Bravo).. His distinctive style and virtuoso technique expands over a wide spectrum.’
-The Asian Age, Calcutta
- ‘breathtaking in its scope and attention to melodic and rhythmic detail.. displaying total mastery of his instrument. You will rarely hear playing that is more focused and intelligent than this.’ -Songlines, UK
Celebrity Gala Concert
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Saturday June 17, 2017 - 2pm
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, Manhattan
Presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The sons of Imrat Khan—Irshad and Wajahat Khan are the scions of a centuries-old musical dynasty, guardians of the purity and integrity of great Indian classical genres.
This concert will be a special duet of sitar and sarod from brothers Irshad Khan and Wajahat Khan. Irshad and Wajahat are the sons of Ustad Imrat Khan, legendary master of sitar and surbahar and nephews to the late Ustad Vilayat Khan. They are torchbearers of one of the oldest and most prestigious musical families and schools of India – the Imdadkhani Gharana of Etawah. Irshad Khan, is internationally recognized as an exceptional sitar player, and as the prominent surbahar exponent of his generation. His dedication to the subtleties of the raga is in bringing out its essence by rendering its pure form of feelings and expressions. Wajahat Khan is an outstanding sarod maestro of India he has performed to great acclaim in over 40 countries worldwide, at prestigious venues and festivals. For this performance, they will be accompanied by Nitin Mitta on tabla.
Nitin Mitta is one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation. Apart from being a dynamic soloist, he is a sought-after accompanist who has performed with some of India's most celebrated Hindustani classical musicians including Pandit Jasraji, Amjad Ali Khan, and Nishat Khan.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Masters of Indian Music Series.