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Nishat Khan


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-In August 2005 Nishat received a Congressional award for his contribution to music and culture from the US Congress

-Nishat performed at the Smithsonian Institution in May 2005, featured in the Washington Post (review).

-In August 2004, he performed alongside B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, and Carlos Santana at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Texas.

-In March 2004 he was featured in “Discovering Music,” a program recorded for the BBC Radio 3 (listen). He also performed for the WDR radio at the Philharmonic Hall in Cologne, Germany.

-Ustad Nishat Khan was recently received in Zagreb by the President of Croatia, where he performed with his Gregorian chant ensemble at the Operahaus Lisinski.

-Ustad Nishat Khan is professor of sitar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

With Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin

Nishat Khan with President Stipe Mesic in Zagreb.

With Carlos Santana at Crossroads


Nishat Khan transcends musical barriers with his provocative expression and spellbinding technical mastery. Undeniably the foremost virtuoso of the sitar, he is the torchbearer of seven generations and the 400-year old tradition of India ‘s most renowned musical family. Maestro Khan stands at the threshold of the future of sitar and Indian music with his uniquely invigorating, contemporary approach. The son and disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan, Nishat has been dazzling audiences since the age of seven and his command of the instrument is unparalleled.

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