Ustad Imrat Khan
The Fifty Fingers of Imrat Khan
Following family tradition, Imrat Khan has initiated his four sons from childhood into the art of Indian classical music. Besides instructing them personally in the same manner in which he himself was taught on both the sitar and surbahar, he has tailored their training according to their personal talents and skills so that each one has concentrated on mastering a different instrument. Nishat, Irshad, Wajahat, and Shafaatullah Khan have established themselves as world class musicians and are considered amongst the finest musicians of Indian Classical music.
Since Indian Classical music is an unwritten, mostly improvised art, it has traditionally been presented as solo performances, or at the most, duets relying on contrast and imitation. Ustad Imrat Khan has however pioneered with his sons a number of inventive instrumental combinations such as two-surbahar duet, surbahar and sarod, three sitar trio and three-sitar and sarod quartet – with percussion accompaniment as appropriate.
Perhaps no other family can boast such a talent of Indian Classical musicians and Ustad Imrat Khan's sons represent the eighth generation of a unique dynasty of master musicians. Their ability to perform together as father and four sons requires a combination of talent, skill and unity of hearts and minds and creates an effect like no other, outshining even that of a full symphony orchestra at its best.
Generations of devoted training and practice lie behind this remarkable merging of five imaginations into the fifty fingers of Imrat Khan. This is Ustad Imrat Khan's legacy, his gift to his gharana and to Indian classical music.