Ustad Imrat Khan

The Career

Musical Achievements

1961 Edinburgh International Festival, first concerts in Berlin and London, first recordings for BBC radio and television, first LP records.
1963 Dartington College of Arts, England.
1966 Jashn-e-Afghanistan Festival
1968-1970 Various concert tours in Europe: Spain (Barcelona and La Coruna), Southern France (Nice, Carpentras, Toulouse, Vichyl, Holland Festival, Brussels Cathedral, Paris (Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel), Amsterdam's Tropenmuseum (on three consecutive years). U.K.: regular teaching at Dartington College of Arts, BBC Masterclass, recitals at the South Bank Festival (1969-1970), Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. India: Sadarang and Tansen Music Conferences (Calcutta), Shankarlal Music Conference (Delhi)
1971 Cannes Festival, France: played for the Merchant-Ivory partnership. Royal Albert Hall, London: became the first Indian musician to play in a BBC Proms season. The concert was broadcast live on BBC radio. Romana Music Festival, Rome Meta Music Festival, Berlin.
1972 Brindisi and Bari Festivals, Meta Music Festival, Berlin.
1973 Tour of Brazil
1974 Shiraz Festival (Iran), Barcelona Festival, Meta Music Festival, Berlin.
1975 First tour of the USA and second visit to Brazil.
1977 Meta Music Festival, Berlin.
1977-78 Based in Berlin.
1978 Second appearance at the BBC Proms.
1979 First ever all-night recital of Indian classical music in Europe, with his sons, at the new National Gallery in Berlin (broadcast live by RIAS Radio).
1982-83 Tours of the USA and Canada: recitals at New York's Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, concerts in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Festival of Indian Music in Seattle. Germany: played on Bio's Bahnhof TV programme in Cologne, and gave a ninety minute broadcast with three of his sons on Radio Bremen, relayed live by 36 radio stations around the world.
1984 Opened the Greece-India Festival with a recital at the Acropolis in Athens, and performed at the ancient theatre in Delphi.
1985 Tour of Japan, including a recital at the Yakshiji Temple in Nara.
1986 International season, with recitals at the Bath Festival (UR) and the Rabindranath Tagore Centenary Festivals in London and Calcutta. Headed a cultural delegation sent to China by the Indian Government.
1987 Opening of the Festival of India in Moscow, followed by a tour of 25 concerts all over the USSR with his four sons, including recitals at the Kremlin Palace and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow.
1988 Tour of the Far East: Tokyo Suntory Hall, Hong Kong International Arts Festival. European season, with many concerts and festivals. In the UK, studio recitals on BBC Radio 3 (Music of India) and on Television.
1989 Appearances on BBC TV's Network East and Channel 4 TV's Here and Now (UK). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Muslim Music Festival of the World. Royal Albert Hall, London: five hour Prom concert with his four sons, broadcast on BBC Radio. France: recital at Rochechouart Castle, near Limoges. Tour of USA, including Chicago, University of Illinois, and New York, Symphony Space on Broadway.
1990 France: Paris (Theatre de la Ville) and Nantes Festival. U.K.: Wingfield Festival. Tours of USA and Canada, including: Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC), University of Maryland (Baltimore), Festival of Eastern Music at Amherst University, University of Utica, Ottowa University, Khushro Society concert in Toronto, Madison, Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Arts and New Jersey Indian Festival. Germany: Darmstadt, all-night concert. London: Royal College of Music.
1991 India: Xavier's Music Conference (Bombay), SRA Music Conference (Calcutta), National Centre for the Performing Arts (Bombay). Belgium: recital in Atwerp. Bangladesh: Shilpokala Academy, Dhaka. France: Vichy Opera, concert on National Music Day. London: Queen Elizabeth Hall. Tour of USA, including: Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC), Houston, Washington University (St. Louis). India: Savai Gandharv (Poona), Harballabh Music Conference (Jullundur).
1992 West Bengal Music Conference (Calcutta), Parampara Music Festival, Berlin. Tour of USA, including Washington University (Saint Louis), Snape Proms, Aldeburgh, England.
1993 India: National Centre for the Performing Arts (Bombay), Sangeet Natak Akademi International Music Festival, Sri Fort (Delhi).