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Singapore-based sitar virtuoso Ustad Sharafat Khan is a performing and recording artist, music teacher, and author of numerous books on Hindustani (North Indian) classical music. Born in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Ustad Sharafat began his musical training in Delhi with legendary sarod maestro Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Sahab in 1970 and his son Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Sahab.

After Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan passed away in 1972, Ustad Sharafat Khan continued his pursuit of music under Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Sahab, a world-famous Sarod artist in his own right.

During the fifteen years of training, he learned the playing techniques and artistic sensibilities of the great heritage of the Senia Gharana (The musical house) or stylistic lineage of his teachers.

Ustad Sharafat Khan began his performing career in India in 1973, appearing regularly on Indian Television and All-India Radio. He was awarded the title of Sangeet Prabhakar (Music Degree) in 1971, and in 1975 received the Surmani, or “Gem of Music” award. He toured Pakistan in 1981 and Australia in 1986 with his Guru Amjad Ali Khan, and on both occasions the two players delighted audiences with their jugalbandhi, or musical dialogue.

Being a sitar and surbahar virtuoso and a disciple of legendary sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Sahab, Sharafat Khan came to Singapore in 1986 to promote Indian music and culture in Singapore.

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