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Shakir Khan, Sitar

Sat, Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm
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Shakir Khan

Shakir Khan presents an evening of north Indian ragas on Sitar, accompanied by Amit Kavthekar on Tabla.

Shakir is one of the most promising young exponents of the legendary Etawah Gharana, energetically following in the musical footsteps of his prodigious father and guru — the sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. Indeed, Shakir represents the eighth generational link in an unbroken chain of musical talent and tradition poured exclusively into the sitar and surbahar. A chain that includes, besides Ustadji, the musical legacy of Ustad Aziz Khan (Shakir’s paternal grandfather), and that of the patriarchal surbaharist Ustad Wahid Khan (Shakir’s great grandfather). Great Ustad Vilayat Khan is his grand uncle .

As might be expected from such a pedigreed musician, his talent surfaced early in life, Shakir giving his first public performance at the age of eleven. In recent years Shakir has performed brilliantly for prestigious music conferences in India including the Dover Lane Music Conference (Kolkata), Sawai Gandharva music festival (Pune), the Saptak Music Festival (Ahmedabad), Bombay Festival (Mumbai), the Tansen Music Festival (Gwalior), the Shankarlal Music Festival (Delhi) and many more. He has also performed extensively worldwide, bringing the joy and subtlety of the Etawah Gharana to audiences in the US, Canada and Europe – the latter including a performance at the famous Woodstock Festival in Poland in 2008.

Shakir’s talent has also found official recognition, the young sitar virtuoso winning a Government of India merit scholarship and first prize at the All India Radio (AIR) Music Competition. Like his father, Shakir Khan stands out for his exquisite sense of sur (melody) and laya (rhythm). He has equally been blessed with a seductive stage presence that quickly wins an audience over to his musical voice. Shakir is an incredibly warm, charismatic and open young person who has ably adapted his classical knowledge and skill in international fusion projects like the European Jazz ensemble called “Taalism”, Germany and “Human Evolution” , Spain . For this reviewer, however, Shakir is most to be treasured as the highly talented repository of one of the world’s oldest and greatest classical traditions. Shakir Khan performance will both inspire and astonish any attentive audience.

Amit Kavthekar is one of New England’s leading tabla virtuosos. Young and talented Amit (“Ganda-Bandh Shagird” of late Ustad Allarakha) has rhythm running in his veins. At the early age of six, he was being groomed in the art of playing tabla by the legendary Ustad Allarakha. He has also been fortunate enough to be taught tabla intricacies by Ustad Zakir Hussain – a maestro in Indian classical music an international phenomenon in the fields of percussion and world music.

Seating and tickets

  • Doors open 7 p.m.
  • Cafe-style table seating. BYOB (drinks and appetizers)
  • Tickets will be available at the door- cash or check only
  • Member discount requires online purchase

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About the PCA

Parish Center for the ArtsThe PCA is a warm, intimate performance venue that seats up to 125 people in a historic former church building at Westford Common. Each season we present New England’s best Folk, Jazz, Classical, Rock, and Comedy shows. As a non-profit community arts center, we also feature rotating art exhibits, barn dances, open mics, and theater performances.

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