15 April 1940
27 November 2011 (aged 71)
Ustad Sultan Khan استاد سلطان خان is a renowned Indian sarangi player and singer. He is known for his melodic control and capabilities. He is one of the members of the Indian fusion group Tabla Beat Science, along with Zakir Hussain and Bill Laswell.
He has taught big-time music producers such as Sukshinder Shinda and Ram Gopal Varma (Whos Has Played It On His Deyyam Film) to play the sarangi.
Ustad Sultan Khan gave his first performance at the All-India Conference at the age of 11, and since then has become to be recognized on an international scale, performing along with Pandit Ravi Shankar on former Beatle, George Harrison’s 1974 Dark Horse World Tour. He has won numerous musical awards, including being a recipient twice of the Sangeet Natya Academy Award, also know as the President's Award, as well as being a recipient of the Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra, and the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998. In 1997 he had the honor and privledge of playing for Prince Charles' 50th birthday celebration.
He is also the Ustad of Deeyah the Norwegian born singer, he performed on her debut album I Alt Slags Lys in 1992
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