India’s Great Sitar Player
This program features the legendary sitar maestro Vilayat Khan in some of his finest performances. In addition to background information on his life you will hear a discussion on raga and sitar. Ustad (maestro) Vilayat Khan performs the following ragas: Shankara (with Nizamuddin Khan on tabla; Jaijaivanti (with Samta Prasad on tabla; Miyan ki Malhar (with Imrat Khan on surbahar and Samta Prasad on tabla) and Bhairavi (with Bismillah Khan on shenai and Samta Prasad on tabla) and Jhinjhoti (with Samta Prasad on tabla.)
Produced and hosted by David Barsamian as part of his Ganges to the Nile series.
Recorded at KRZA.
Maestro, Ustad, Vilayat Khan (1928-2004) was an incomparable virtuoso of sitar. He was born into a family of distinguished musicians. His father was Inayat Khan and his grandfather was Imdad Khan. His singular contribution to Indian sitar was the development of gayaki ang, vocal style, where the sitar mimics the human voice. The speed and clarity of his sitar playing was the stuff of legend. He influenced a generation of sitar players. His son Shujaat Khan continues the tradition.