Pandit Habib Khan (sitar) and Matthew Montfort (guitar)
About the Artist
Ustad Habib Khan is regarded as one of the best sitar players in the world today. He was born into a family of musicians and can trace his lineage back several generations to when classical music enjoyed the patronage of the nobility and royalty of India.
He began his training at the tender age of five under the strict eye of his accomplished father, Ustad Hameed Jaffar Khan. The Jaffar Khan family was from Indore and was well known for their unique style of playing the sitar, melding the effect of the human voice and the instrumental tone into a harmonious whole.
Habib Khan has carved out a distinct style of his own which is a blend of his father's traditional techniques and his own imaginative innovations. He is as much at ease with light classical and religious music as he is with pure classical renderings of raagas.
Habib Khan lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. He performs all over the world. He has composed music for several CD ad performed with world class musicians including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Pandit Ramesh Misra, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram, Hamze Aul Din and others.
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