Ustad Sultan Khan

  • Birth Name Ustad Sultan Khan
  • Born 15-04-1940
  • Occupation Artist
  • Year Active 1960
  • Origin Jodhpur, Rajasthan
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    Career beginnings

    Ustad Sultan Khan was an Indian sarangi player and Classical vocalist belonging to Indore Gharana.He was one of the members of the Indian fusion group Tabla Beat Science,with Zakir Hussain and Bill Laswell.He was awarded the Padma Bhushan,Indias third highest civilian honor,in 2010.Sultan Khan was born near Jaipur in the princely state of Sikhar in the Indian Empire.He learned sarangi from his father Gulab Khan.[5]He started his career at the radio station Rajkot in Gujarat as a 20 year old boy.After having spent eight years in Rajkot very happily,he got a chance to play with Lata Mangeshkar during her visit to Rajkot.This proved a turning point for him.Thereafter he was transferred to the Mumbai radio station.Having joined the Mumbai radio he was not only deeply involved with the Mumbai classical music circuit but also with film industry music.He gave his first performance at the All-India Conference at the age of eleven,and has performed on an international scale with Ravi Shankar on George Harrisons 1974 Dark Horse World Tour.He has won numerous musical awards including, twice,the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award,also known as the Presidents Award, as well as the Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra and the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998.In 1997 he was requested to perform at Prince Charles 50th birthday celebrations.He has had the good fortune of accompanying all the great Maestros like Ustad Amir Khan,Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan,Pt.Omkarnath Thakur,Ustad Nazakat ali-Salamat ali khan,Kishori Amonkar are the name to few.He is acknowledged both as a Sarangi player and a vocalist & has several albums to his credit.He has taught music producers such as Sukshinder Shinda and Ram Gopal Varma to play the sarangi. He had many students, but few gandhabandha disciples are Anand Vyas,Ikram Khan and Deeyah,a Norwegian born singer,and he performed on her debut album I Alt Slags Lys in 1992.He contributed vocals and sarangi to Gavin Harrisons 1998 solo album Sanity & Gravity.He sang Albela Sajan Aayo Re along with Kavita Krishnamurthy and Shankar Mahadevan in the Hindi film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 1999. He has also given his voice in films like Maqbool,Kachche Dhaage,Mr.and Mrs.Iyer,Parzania,Jab We Met,Agni Varsha,Superstar,Rahul,Paanch,Mausam[disambiguation needed] and more.In 1984 oscar winning film “Gandhi” also featured his music and thereafter he recorded for other Hollywood films such as Heat and Dust In 1993 he performed along with Ustad Allah Rakha Khan and Ustad Zakir Hussain in one of the rooms at the House of Commons where eminent persons were in attendance to witness a rare musical performance at the seat of Government. It was this time whenhe became a regular artist for BBC Radio London. He was also interviewed for the BBC world service and also composed the musical track for the BBC 2 documentary London Calling(1997).The association with Late Ismail Merchant further when Ustad Sultan Khan together with Ustad Zakir Hussain composed the soundtrack for the film In Custody and where the musical score adapted to suite a particular genre of the Urdu language. Thereafter Ustan Sultan Khan also composed musical score for another Merchant Ivory production,this time for Channel 4 in Britain,called The Street Musician of Bombay.He has several albums to his credits and he has been applauded by for his performances by Madonna (1997).He also performed in a Sufi Music Festival at the White house in Washington,United States of America (1998).Ustad Sultan Khans album Piya Basanti was released in 2000 and its was the number one album of the year.Some of his other famous albums are Ustad & the Divas T-Series,Ustad Sultan Khan & his friends- Times Music,Shoonya BMG,Bhoomi Virgin and Pukaar Sony Music with Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan etc.

    Latest Awards


    • Padma Bhushan

      Padma Bhushan -2010


    • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

      Sangeet Natak Akademi Award -1998
    • President's Award

      President's Award -1998
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