South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Sitar Recital

Sat, October 6, 2007 | Texas Union Theatre, 2247 Guadalupe, Austin TX

6:00 PM

Shahid Parvez Khan , child prodigy and famed instructor of Sitar music, hails from a multi-generation lineage of musical talents. He is a seventh generation heir to the Sitar's first family, the Etawah Gharana (literally, the Etawah House or the Etawah School of music), and his family has created some of the most influential figures in Hindustani (North Indian) Classical Music. He is the son of famed musician and composer Ustad Aziz Khan, and grandson to legendary Sitar and Surbahar virtuoso Ustad Waheed Khan.

Shahid’s introduction to musical instruction is true storytelling. As a young man, his father Aziz resisted following the family footsteps in playing the Sitar – which greatly disturbed Waheed, who threatened to never forgive Aziz unless he trained Shahid in classical music. Because of family respect and honor, Aziz fled to a rural village where he would not be tempted by popular culture and dedicated his life to training Shahid, his only son, in the family tradition of playing the Sitar. At the age of three, Shahid began training in vocal music and Tabla first, before being introduced to the Sitar. At the tender age of eight, he performed publicly for the first time, catching the ears of his audience who would later become his loyal fans for years to come. As he evolved in mastering the Sitar, he maintained the traditional strokes of the Etawah Gharana, but later incorporated a unique, lilting stroke, first used by his great-grandfather, Ustad Imdaad Khan, who used it rarely. Shahid also uses a unique combination of the 'gayaki' ang (influenced by vocal stylings and produced by the left hand – ‘gayak’ means ‘vocalist’ in Hindi) and the 'tantrakari' ang (the rhythm produced by the right hand).

Shahid Parvez Khan is one of a few Sitar musicians to have earned a global reputation. He is an ‘A’ Grade artist of the All India Radio and recipient of many national and international awards, including the Sur Shringaar, the Kumar Gandharva Samman and the M.L. Koser award. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2006, awarded by India’s National Academy of Dance and Drama. He has performed in all major musical festivals in India and abroad including the Festival of India held in the US, Europe, USSR, Canada, Middle East, Africa and Australia, enthralling the audience everywhere. With numerous LP records, audio and video cassettes, CDs and DVDs, numerous awards and accolades, and a distinguished performance career in India and around the world, he is widely recognized as one of the greatest Sitar players of the world, a true heir to the proud traditions of the Etawah gharana and his illustrious lineage, and one who earned the right to be called Ustad (“Master”).

Please join us for a night of enchanting music as we watch Ustad Shahid Parvez delicately stroke his gifted talents onto the Sitar.

The Indian Classical Musical Circle of Austin (ICMCA) is a non-profit tax-exempt cultural organization founded in 1991 to bring high caliber Indian music to Austin audiences. This project is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Free for ICMCA Members; Reg : $20; Stu/Snrs: $10; Children(5-10) :$5 Information: Phone: 512-448-6740 ; E-mail: ; For more information about the artiste, visit:

Sponsored by: South Asian Institute and The Indian Classical Music Circle of Austin (ICMCA)

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