INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Indian Music Forum: Pandit vs. Ustad?


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Pandit vs. Ustad? Jun 17, 2001 01:57 a.m.

Whats the difference in these two titles. At first I thought it was tabla players with Ustad as their master titles, but then I saw a bunch of tabla players with the title Pandit, along with alot of other guys like Ravi Shankar and ShrivKumar Sharma?
Re:Pandit vs. Ustad? Jun 17, 2001 07:23 a.m.

hey, as far as i know, pandit and ustad mean the same thing, just that ustad is the muslim equivilent to the hindu pandit. i hope this helps.
Re:Pandit vs. Ustad? Jun 17, 2001 11:55 a.m.

Thank you
Re:Pandit vs. Ustad? Apr 08, 2002 11:52 a.m.

They are both are a terms of respect, Ustad for Muslims, Pandit for Hindus.
Re:Pandit vs. Ustad? Apr 08, 2002 02:03 p.m.

Something else to keep in mind. These titles are given by general consensus of the people, and acknowledged by either one's guru, university staff, or a government. You can not give yourself that title! There are some musicians I have noted who do so, and they that is not right.
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