The name of Imrat Khan is prominent in the field of Indian music. He is the younger brother of the late Vilayat Khan; but he is an important artist in his own right.
Ustad Imrat Khan has an impeccable pedigree. He was born in Calcutta in 1936 into an illustrious musical family. His father was the famous Inayat Khan, who in turn was the son of Ustad Imdad Khan.
His musical training was extremely rich. His initial training was under his mother, Bashiran Begum, and from her father, the great Ustad Bundeh Hassan Khan, who was a great vocalist. He studied sitar under his older brother Vilayat Khan and surbahar under his paternal uncle Ustad Waheed Khan.
Imrat Khan is a master of the "Gayaki" style of playing. This style is strongly influenced by India's vocal tradition. It uses ornaments that one does not normally find on stringed instruments. This influence is undoubtedly due to the training under vocalists such as Ustad Bundeh Hassan Khan.
Imrat Khan has received many awards and distinctions. He is a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also a member of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Furthermore, he has performed in numerous international festivals.
Imrat Khan is father to a number of notable Indian musicians. Nishat Khan is a noted sitarist, Irshad Khan is versed in both the sitar as well as the surbahar. Wajhad Khan is an accomplished sarod player, while Shafaatullah is a noted exponent of the tabla.
Ustad Imrat khan is undoubtedly one of India's musical treasures.
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