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desh

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"Ustad Vilayat Khan: Nobody Played The Sitar Like Him" - I don't think you can argue with that statement.


http://swarajyamag.com/lite/ustad-vilayat-khan-nobody-played-the-sitar-like-him/

Today is the eighty-seventh birth anniversary of that giant of Hindustani music, Ustad Vilayat Khan (August 28, 1928 – March 13, 2004). Also known as aftaab-e-sitar, Vilayat Khan was, for many, the greatest artist of the sitar amongst all his contemporaries.

Born in Gauripur on Janamashtami (1928), Ustad Vilayat Khan was only about 9 years old, when his father, who was also his guru, passed away. From that, to being called the greatest sitar player of his times, was a journey which perhaps only he could make. And what he accumulated, and created, on that journey was for the world to see, listen and marvel at.

Few artists make you truly feel grateful for the fact that the technology to record sound and light existed in their time. Ustad Vilayat Khan was one of those. It is completely to our pleasure that we have videos and recordings of that master who could, it seems, breathe life into a sitar and make it sing all by itself.

For sound clips, see the original article.

http://swarajyamag.com/lite/ustad-vilayat-khan-nobody-played-the-sitar-like-him/
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Kirya

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This also happened in NYC a few years ago

http://www.indiacgny.org/pages.php?id=659

This article has many personal anecdotes from close personal associates http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/blink/cover/making-the-sitar-sing/article5845339.ece

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY USTAD-JI !!
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