Artist Profiles: Habib Khan

Habib Khan – Photo by Ujjwal Kumar

Pandit Habib Khan is regarded as one of the best sitar players in the world today. He was born into a family of musicians and can trace his lineage back several generations to when classical music enjoyed the patronage of the nobility and royalty of India.

He began his training at the tender age of five under the strict eye of his accomplished father, Hameed Jaffar Khan. The Jaffar Khan family was from Indore and were well known for their unique style of playing the sitar, melding the effect of the human voice and the instrumental tone into a harmonious whole.

Habib Khan has carved out a distinct style of his own which is a blend of his father’s traditional techniques and his own imaginative innovations. He is as much at ease with light classical and religious music as he is with pure classical renderings of ragas.

Habib Khan lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area and performs all over the world. He has composed music for several CDs including Fire Dance (With Pat Martino, Zakir Hussain, Peter Block, and Ilya Rayzman), Longing on X DOT 25 Music and music for a yoga video series by Vasanti Bhat.

Discography:

FireDance (Mythos Records, 1997)
Ecstasy (RPG Music, 1998)
Longing (X DOT 25, 2000)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
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