Can you name few Indian Sitarist ?

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Sumit Paliwal January 18, 2017

India has produced some remarkable geniuses when it comes to Sitar. Some of them are mentioned below.

  • Ravi ShankarPandit Ravi Shankar is the prime Indian musician and composer who’s credited with the popularity of the sitar. He is the best-known exponent of the musical instrument. Born in a Bengali Family during the reign of the British, Ravi Shankar went on to become a composer, achieving acclaim for his work in Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray.


  • Vilayat Khan : Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan’s influence on Sitar cannot be understated. Khan is a major proponent of sitar and considered an Ustad or the expert in the field. A pioneer of Indian Classical Music in the west, Khan had been playing sitar since the age of 8 and continued doing so till his death.


  • Imrat Khan : A sitar and surbahar player, Imrat is an Indian composer who belongs to the family of musicians. He is the younger brother of Vilayat Khan. Imrat has a solo career that’s extensively developed on both instruments. He has travelled America, Europe, South and East Asia, spending years concerting and teaching sitar students. He received a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1988.


  • Anouska ShankarThe daughter of Ravi Shankar and half-sister of American singer Norah Jonas, Anouska is a pioneer in Indian classical and crossover genres. Born in London, Anouska has performed in concerts with her deceased father and is well known for performing at fund raising events. A supporter of animal rights, Anoushka has been awarded with the Woman of the Year award besides winning several Grammy nominations in her kitty.


  • Shujaat Khan An Indian sitar player and Hindustani Classical Music Composer, Shujaat Khan has recorded over 60 albums and has been nominated for Grammy Award as well. He sings and performs Gayaki style of sitar playing, which imitates human voice.


  • Nishat Khan : A premier Indian sitar player, Nishat Khan is the son of Imrat Khan and is a part of the 400 year old Indian musical family. While he primarily plays sitar, Nishat is also known for his mastery of diverse realms such as western classical music, Flamenco, Gregorian chant and abstract jazz.

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