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USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ KHAN

Shahid Parvez, like Ustad Vilayat Khan, hails from the famous lineage of the Etawa Gharana. He is the grandson of Ustad Wahid Khan, the Surbahar and Sitar virtuoso and the younger brother of Ustad Inayat Khan.

Before he learned to play the Sitar, Shahid was introduced to vocal music and Tabla by his father, the late Ustad Aziz Khan, a famous teacher, musician and composer. He received rigorous training in all aspects of classical music before being initiated into the art of playing Sitar.

Recognized as a child prodigy, Shahid gave his first public performance at the age of eight. Since then he has had a meteoric rise in the world of music and is today recognized, both nationally and internationally, as one of the top performers on the Sitar.

Shahid Parvez is known for his outstanding "gayaki" style expression of a Raga in its intorductory phase as well as improvising in every aspect of the "gat" or the rhythmic structure of the Raga. He has achieved a remarkable balance between the "gayaki" (i.e., vocal) and the "tantrakari" (i.e., instrumental) styles of playing classical music. Shahid has performed in numerous music festivals in India and aborad. He has been on several very successful tours of USA, Canada, France, England, Germany, Holland, Russia, Japan and Australia.

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