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Artist Profiles: Sultan Khan

Sultan Khan

Sultan Khan was known as one of the world’s most talented sarangi players. Sultan’s virtuosity on this difficult instrument was apparent in his eloquent phrasings and rhythmic ornamentations. A representative of the Indore gharana, his models were his grandfather Ustad Azim Khan and his father, Ustad Ghulab Khan. Originally from Kathiawar, he later lived in Bombay where he was actively involved in live concerts and film scoring. He traveled and performed internationally, and his music is available on various Indian, European and American labels.

Ustad Sultan Khan gave his first performance at the All-India Conference at the age of 11, and since then has become to be recognized on an international scale.

In November 1974, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar collaborated with some of the greatest Indian musicians of this century on an American concert tour. During their stay in San Francisco, the Indian performers were invited to do an informal concert at The Stone House, a granite room in Fairfax, California. Ustad Sultan Khan recorded an album titled Sarangi : The Music Of India.

He won numerous musical awards, including being a recipient twice of the Sangeet Natya Academy Award, also know as the President’s Award, as well as being a recipient of the Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra, and the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998.

Sultan Khan

Ustad Sultan Khan also composed and recorded music for films, such as In Custody, and Ghandi. But, his true devotion and love was playing the classical music of India.

sultan Khan died November 27, 2011 in Mumbai, India.

Discography:

Jugalbandi (His Master’s Voice, 1971)
Young Tabla Wizard – Sarangi Maestro (Chhanda Dhara, 1987)
Sarangi The Music Of India (360° Productions, 1988)
Singing Sarangi Of Sultan Khan (Chhanda Dhara, 1988)
Sur Taal (Super Cassettes Industries Ltd., 1991)
Sarangi (Moment Records, 1991)
Sarangi (Navras, 1992)
Ragas Kaushi Kannada, Bhairvi (Navras, 1993)
In Custody – A Film By Ismael Merchant (Angel Records, 1993)
Raga Pour La Saison Des Pluies (Adès, 1993)
Thought ‘N’ Beats (T-Series, 1994)
Jugalbandi Duet Series Vol.1 (Navras, 1994)
The Art Of Sarangi (Seven Seas, 1994)
Virtuoso (Chhanda Dhara, 1995)
Raga Marwa / Bhairavi (India Archive Music, 1995)
Raga Bhoop & Dhun (Navras, 1996)
Pukaar The Echo (Navras, 2001)
Sonorous Sound of Sarangi (Chhanda Dhara, 2002)
A Drop Of The Ocean (Karuna Music, 2003)
Maestro’s Choice – Sarangi (Music Today, 2004)
Alap, Morning & Afternoon Ragas (India Archive Music, 2004)
Taras – The Longing (Navras, 2006)
Umeed (Sense World Music, 2008)
Live Programme at Savai Gandharva Music Festival, Pune (Fountain Music Company, 2008)
Mesmerizing Maestros (Saregama, 2009)
The Legacy (Worldwide Records, 2011)
The Master, with Warren Cuccurullo (Six Degrees Records, 2014)
Piya Basanti (Sony Music, 2000)

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Artist Profiles: Ram Narayan

Ram Narayan

Ram Narayan is one of India’s leading sarangi players and innovators. He developed the sarangi into a solo classical instrument in the North Indian repertoire.

He is renowned for his distinctive style which has been emulated throughout India. At hia concerts he is sometimes be joined by his son, Brij Narayan (sarod), and his daughter, Aruna Narayan (sarangi), who are carrying on the legacy of their illustrious father. Brij Narayan is one of the finest sarod players of his generation; Aruna Narayan has the distinction of being the only female player of the sarangi.

Discography:

Ram Narayan – Sarangi (The Gramophone Company, 1950)
Ram Narayan – Sarangi Solo (The Gramophone Company, 1950)
Ram Narayan Plays Sarangi – The Indian Musical Instrument (A Treasure from Solomon’s Mines, 1957)
Ramnarain – Sarangi (The Gramophone Company, 1961)
Inde du Nord – Ragas du Matin et du Soir (1964)
Beat and Bow (The Gramophone Company, 1967)
Pandit Ram Narayan – Sarangi (The Gramophone Company, 1968)
Sarangi – The Voice of a Hundred Colors – Instrumental Music of North India (Nonesuch, 1968)
Pandit Ramnarain – Sarangi Recital (The Gramophone Company, 1970)
Inde du Nord – Pandit Ram Narayan – Sarangi (Ocora, 1971)
Master of the Sarangi – Classical Music of India (Nonesuch, 1975)
Raga Puria Kalyan (Amigo, 1975)
Ram Narayan (Stil, 1979)
Pandit Ram Narayan – The Sarangi Maestro (Polydor, 1981)
Stil’s Sunday Solo (Stil, 1984)
Ram Narayan en Concert (Ocora, 1984)
Rag Bhupal Tori, Rag Patdip (Nimbus, 1988)
Rag Lalit (Nimbus, 1989)
Rag Shankara, Rag Mala in Jogia (Nimbus, 1990)
Maestro’s Choice (Music Today, 1991)
Masters of Raga (Wergo, 1994)
Sarangee Wadan (Venus Records, 1995)
Immortal Essence (Universal Music India, 1997)
Sonorous Strings of Sarangi (Oriental, 1997)
Ragas Alhaiya Bilaval & Mishra Bhairavi (Nimbus, 2002)
Raga Jaunpuri and Raga Kafi Malhar (Zig-Zag Territories, 2002)
Swar Shikhar (Virgin Records, 2003)
The Legends of India (NA Classical Audio 2009)

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Pandit Ram Narayan (Doordarshan Archives, 2013)

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Artist Profiles: Dhruba Ghosh

Dhruba Ghosh

Dhruba Ghosh was partly responsible for the renaissance of the sarangi in India. He was renowned for bringing out the sinuous and haunting melodic nature of the instrument and developed new techniques to extend the sarangi’s range of sounds.

Dhruba toured the world extensively and worked with musicians from a variety of genres including western classical, jazz and fusion, including Trilok Gurtu and Toronto’s Tasa.

He participated in the album Miho: Journey to the Mountains with Paul Winter Consort. The recording won the Grammy in the Best New Age Album category.

Pandit Dhruba Ghosh died July 10, 2017 in Mumbai, India.

Discography:

Bowing Sounds Frown Dawn To Moonlight ‎(Fonti Musicali, 1994)
Raga Yaman / Hemant ‎(India Archive Music, 1995)
Raga Kaushi Kanada / Kajri ‎(India Archive Music, 2000)
Raga Komal Rishab Asavari / Jogiya ‎(India Archive Music, 2007)
Miho: Journey to the Mountains (Living Music, 2010)

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Artist Profiles: Sabir Khan

Sabir Khan

Sabir Khan, born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan (India), belongs to the Sikar gharana (school) of music that has introduced several influential figures to Indian classical music.

He is the ninth generation in his family to take up the sarangi and is considered to be one of the finest players of the younger generation. He began studying music when he was six years old with his grandfather, Ustad Gulab Khan, a renowned sarangi player and vocalist.

Soon afterwards, he began training with his father, the acclaimed sarangi player and vocalist Ustad Sultan Khan, and his late uncle Ustad Nasir Khan. With a technique displaying tonal, melodic and rhythmic prowess, he is proving a worthy successor to his proud lineage.

Discography:

The Sultan of Sarangi, with Ustad Sultan Khan (Dreams Entertainment, 1988)

The Legacy, with Ustad Sultan Khan (Worldwide Records, 2011)

Celestial Ragas (Aimrecs, 2013)

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Artist Profiles: Sabir Khan

Sabir Khan, born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan (India), belongs to the Sikar gharana (school) of music that has introduced several stalwarts to Indian classical music.

He is the ninth generation in his family to take up the sarangi and is considered to be one of the beacons of the younger generation. He began studying music when he was six years old with his grandfather, Ustad Gulab Khan, a great sarangi player and vocalist.

Soon afterwards, he began training with his father, the renowned sarangi player – vocalist Ustad Sultan Khan, and his late uncle Ustad Nasir Khan. With a technique displaying tonal, melodic and rhythmic prowess, he is proving a worthy successor to his proud lineage.

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