Ustad Sabri Khan
Sabir Khan was born in Jodhpur Rajasthan. Belongs to a Sikar Gharana of music who has given several stalwarts to Indian classical music. He is teh ninth generation to take up Sarangi. His great grandfather Ustad Azim Khan shaab was a court musician at Sikar Rajasthan.
Sabir Khan was exposed to music through his grandfather Ustad Gulab Khan shaab who was a great sarangi player and vocalist of his time and after that his taking training from his father world renowned sarangi player and vocalist Padma Bhushan Ustad Sultan Khan shaab and from his late uncle Ustad Nasir Khan shaab.
Sabir Khan is well known today for his delicate mastery of sarangi. His technique of playing is rare combination of sur and laya (note and rhythm). Sabir Khan already remarkably imbibed almost his great father's entire repertoire with a similar command and mastery on the sarangi. Indeed a chip of the old block.
Sabir Khan also shared stage with his father in many concerts and also performing solo. Besides being a classical music artist his equally into light music and has played with artists like ghazal maestro Ustad Gulam Ali, Talat Aziz, Asha Bhosle and recently played in the album of great Lata Mangeshkar, Sabir has also played in several Bollywood films and recently he has played for Lady Gaga's song which is done by Indian music Duo Salim-Sulaiman.
He has already drawn the attention of many musicians and serious listener for his mastery presentations at various important venues in India, U.K., U.S.A.., Europe etc...Performed at various concerts and music festivals throughout India and abroad.
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is an exceptionally gifted musician.He is a complete artist, having had his training in vocal, percussion and instrumental music, from none other than his father, Pandit Umadutt Sharma, a distinguished State Musician of Jammu and Kashmir.However, it was the father's express desire that Shivkumar should dedicate himself to popularizing the Santoor. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma has not only elevated this folk instrument of Kashmir to the concert hall status but the Santoor has taken its place in the concert halls around the world. With a style evolved out of gayaki (vocal), gatkari (instrumental technique) and layakari (rhythmic improvisation) Shivkumar imparts to his santoor recitals a multidimentional appeal.
Shivkumar Sharma was born in Jammu, in the state of Kashmir, on 13th January 1938. After training as a vocalist from the age of five followed by further training in percussion through the Tabla, he took on other instruments, such as the Sarod, Violin and the Harmonium. At the age of fourteen, he was introduced to the Santoor by his father, an instrument on which the latter had done considerable amount of research. Pandit Sharma grappled with many problems presented by the Santoor and adapted the instrument to overcome comments of many critics that, unlike sitar or sarod, santoor was not capable of mimicking vocal techniques. He achieved this by increasing the number of bridges to get a wider range of octaves, and changed the system of tuning and the structural configuration of the strings to allow for more precision on note reproduction. Shivkumar Sharma gave his first public performance in Bombay in 1955. He recorded his first solo album in 1960. In 1967, he teamed up with the Bamboo Flute Maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and the Slide Guitarist, Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra, to produce a thematic album "The Call of the Valley" , easily one of the greatest hits in the field of Indian Classical Music.
Ustad Bismillah Khan
Ustad Bismillah Khan (March 21, 1916 – August 21, 2006) was an Indian shehnai maestro. He was the third classical musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna (in 2001), the highest civilian honour in India and gained worldwide acclaim for playing the shehnai for more than eight decades.
Bismillah Khan was born in a bihari family at Bhirung Raut Ki Gali, in Dumraon, Bihar, as the second son of Paigambar Khan and Mitthan. He was named as Qamaruddin to rhyme with Shamsuddin, their first son. His grandfather, Rasool Baksh Khan uttered "Bismillah" (the basmala) after looking at the newborn, thus he was named Bismillah Khan.
His ancestors were court musicians and used to play in Naqqar khana in the princely states of Bhojpur, now in Bihar. His father was a shehnai player in the court of Maharaja Keshav Prasad Singh of Dumraon Estate, Bihar.
At the age of six, he moved to Varanasi. He received his training under his uncle, the late Ali Baksh 'Vilayatu', a shehnai player attached to Varanasi's Vishwanath Temple.
Pandit Ravi Shankar
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