Music has to be taken to the people: Nishat Khan

7 years ago

Working towards retaining the purity of classical music, sitarist Nishat Khan believes there should be more concerts to take it to the 'janata durbar'. Khan, who had performed at the Smithsonian Institute in 2005, is hopeful that the 400-year-old tradition of his family can be kept alive by holding music concerts and reach out to the youth of the country.




"I am keen to reach sitar in the traditional way, if you communicate music has the quality to transcend the barriers," Khan, who had worked with some of the world's leading performers and composers including John McLaughlin, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana told PTI on the sidelines of the Indian Chamber of Commerce-organised felicitation programme in the city last evening.




The programme, hosted by ICC Young Leaders' Forum, had a solo show by Khan, who is the son and disciple of the renowned surbahar and sitar maestro Ustad Imrat Khan and the nephew of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan.




Khan, who feels the audience can understand the nuances  of an 'alap' if presented in a proper manner, said, "To get the good fragrance you must let the rose bloom... there can't be anything abrupt, hasty in classical music."


The famed classicist calls Kolkata as his home where he was born and rates the city as having one of the most receptive audiences in the world.


Khan, whose first tryst with Bollywood as music composer in Sudhir Mishra's 'Yeh Saali Zindagi', got acclaim, disclosed he was having talks for composing music of another Hindi film but would not let out the name of the film, the production house or director.


"Whenever I start composing I will certainly try to incorporate my brand of music in the film," he said. PTI

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