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Imrat Khan

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Imrat Khan (born November 17, 1935) is a leading sitar and surbahar player. He is considered India’s leading publicly active surbahar (bass sitar) player. He is the younger brother of sitar player Vilayat Khan.


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Imrat was born in Calcutta into a family of musicians tracing its pedigree back for several generations, to the court musicians of the Mughal rulers. His father was Enayat Khan (1895–1938), recognised as a leading sitar and surbahar player of his time, as had been his grandfather, Imdad Khan (1848–1920), before him. His father died when Imrat was a child, so he was raised by his mother, Bashiran Begum and her father, singer Bande Hassan Khan. In 1944, the family moved with rising star Vilayat Khan, Imrat’s elder brother, to Bombay where both the brothers learned extensively from uncle Wahid Khan, Enayat Khan’s younger brother. Wahid Khan was one of the greatest surbahar players of his generation and a top-level sitar player, and taught Imrat on the instruments in the family style, known as the Imdadkhani gharana (school), or Etawah Gharana, after a village outside Agra where Imdad Khan lived.

In 1952 Vilayat and Imrat moved in together in Calcutta. They performed together for many years. From the 1960s onwards, Imrat has performed and recorded solo, playing both sitar and surbahar.


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  • herkyjerky

    I agree with the very well-stated comment below. I prefer not to use any honorary titles in my metadata.

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Hekerui

    Should not link to Ustad Imrat Khan, the music speaks louder than any honorary title.

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • getmorefromlife

    He is one of the amazing Sitar players I have ever met. It was a great honor to learn music directly by him. He is such a great teacher and a very interesting personality. I wish I could have spend more time learning music with him. You are and will be my great teacher Ustad Jee.

    5 Dec 2008 Reply
  • klimaz

    Should link to Ustad Imrat Khan.

    24 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ustalo

    че никто не слушает?

    16 Sep 2008 Reply
  • astro1_rohit

    tag: indian classical

    6 Nov 2007 Reply

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