The Art of the Sitar with Hidayat Hussain

The Art of the Sitar with Hidayat Hussain
The Art of the Sitar with Hidayat Hussain


Monday, January 22 2018

06.00 PM to 08.00 PM


The The National Gallery of Modern Art,

Sir Cowasji Jahangir Public Hall,

M. G.  Road, Fort, 

Mumbai - 400032




Hidayat Husain Khan 

Namita Devidayal




NGMA Mumbai, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Avid Learning present The Art of the Sitar, a lecture demonstration with Sitarist Hidayat Husain Khan on the virtuosity of the sitar, its legacy and its importance as an instrument. The prolific musician will give an exclusive performance and also be in conversation with author and journalist, Namita Devidayal, who has just finished a biography on Hidayat’s father, Ustad Vilayat Khan, which will be published this year.

The sitar, featured primarily and prominently in Hindustani music, first flourished in the 16th and 17th century. Of the two popular styles of sitar, one has been named after Hidayat’s father as a Vilayat Khan or gayaki style. As an instrument, the sitar has evolved over time and across centuries from its humble beginnings. Hidayat's flexible and genre-defying musical style engages and pushes the instrument in new and novel ways. 

The descendant and proponent of one of the most treasured lineages of Eastern classic music, Hidayat harbors a rare, creative brilliance that effortlessly takes him across all genres and nuances of music. Hidayat’s adeptness is evident as he intricately plays the sitar from the classical gharana style and has successfully worked on adaptions of the sitar's sounds in western popular music. He is also well-versed in the ‘Gayaki Ang’, a unique rendition where voice blends with the instrument. 

Do not miss this exclusive evening filled with music, memories and more!

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    Hidayat Husain Khan: A direct descendant and proponent of one of the most treasured lineages of eastern classical music, sitarist Hidayat Husain Khan was destined for stardom. Youngest son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan, globally acclaimed as the greatest of all sitarists, Hidayat Husain Khan harbors a rare, creative brilliance that effortlessly takes him across all genres and nuances of music. A charming transition from the very classical to the very colloquial, from playing the intricate Etawa/Vilayatkhani Gharana to performing with the Rolling Stones. An exquisite sitar player and vocalist well-versed in the ‘Gayaki ang’, a unique rendition where voice blends with the instrument, Hidayat Husain Khan carries the torch of a coveted lineage spanning seven generations of outstanding vocal and instrumental court musicians. Hidayat Khan has lent his versatility in several film score compositions and has performed in numerous classical and fusion concerts, independently and in collaboration with such illustrious musical names as, Ndugu Chancler, Ronnie Woods, Alicia Keys, Usher, Zakir Hussain, Pete Townshend, Will.I.Am, Jay Z and Darryl Jones. Invited from all over the world Hidayat Husain Khan has enthralled audiences in major performances in Europe, Japan, USA, Malaysia, Canada, Singapore, and India. He has performed in such prestigious venues as Royal Albert Hall in London, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Carnegie Hall and Alicetuly Hall in New York.

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    Namita Devidayal is the author of two books, 'The Music Room' and 'Aftertaste'. Her latest book, a biography of Vilayat Khan, will be published in 2018. She is a journalist with The Times of India. She graduated from Princeton