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Presents a Grand Sitar concert by
Shujaat Husain Khan

Accompanied by Abhiman Kaushal on the Tabla

Saturday, September 28, 2013 7:30 PM

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
University of Pennsylvania, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Directions

Buy Tickets:
Annenberg Box Office
(267) 797-7006

This program has been made possible in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts &

          by the Knight Arts Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

About Ustad Shujaat Khan:
SHK Shujaat Khan belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the sitar and his style of playing sitar, known as the gayaki ang, is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice.
Shujaat Khan's musical pedigree extends seven generations. He is the son and disciple of the great sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan, and his grandfather, Ustad Inayat Khan, his great-grandfather, Ustad Imdad Khan, and his great-great-grandfather, Ustad Sahebdad Khan, were all leading artists of their respective generations. Khan's musical career began at the age of three when he began practicing on a specially made small sitar. By the age of six, he was recognized as a child prodigy and began giving public performances.
Shujaat Khan has performed at all the prestigious music festivals in India and has performed throughout Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe. Audiences around the world are captivated by his unique style of sitar playing, his exceptional voice, and his intuitive and spontaneous approach to rhythm.

Artist Website

About Ustad Abhiman Kaushal:
AK Abhiman Kaushal is an outstanding tabla artist known for his sensitive accompaniment and intense solo playing. He represents the Farukkabad and Lucknow styles of tabla. Having been initiated into the art by his father R. B. Kaushal, who was a disciple of the legendary Ustad Amir Hussain Khan, Abhiman later continued his training under the famous Ustad Sheikh Dawood of Hyderabad, India, and the Ustadís senior most disciple, Pandit B. Nandkumar.
Abhiman has accompanied most of the leading musicians, singers and dancers of North Indian classical music. He has toured around the world performing in prestigious venues. He has numerous recordings and world music collaborations.
He has recorded a soundtrack for National GeographcísMan Eaters of North India, for Zoolander movie and has performed for MTVís Aerosmith icon show in front of a live audience. Recently he was the solo featured musician for the acclaimed electronic dance drama Ramayana 2k3 which won rave reviews in Los Angeles and New York City.

Abhiman is currently on faculty at UCLA and UCR as Director of the North Indian Classical Music ensembles.

Artist Website