Hudson Valley Community College Presents Shafaatullah Khan, Master Sitar Player, on Sat., Oct. 6
CONTACT: Siobhan Quinn (518) 629-7170 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001
Hudson Valley Community College proudly presents master sitar, surbahar
and tabla player Shafaatullah Khan on Sat., Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. The event
takes place in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre in the Siek Campus Center
at Hudson Valley, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy. It is part of the college's
Humanities, Arts and Cultural Festival taking place from Oct. 1 through
Oct. 6. Tickets are $8 general admission, and free to seniors and students
with Hudson Valley ID. For more information, call 629-7170.
In the rich history of Indian classical music, Shafaatullah Khan
is the first known artist to have attained simultaneous excellence in performing
on three different instruments—the sitar, surbahar and tabla. His multidimensional
musical repertoire also distinguishes him in his pedigreed ancestry. Being
a scion of one of the most respected and renowned families of musicians,
Shafaatullah Khan's lineage can be traced back over five hundred years
to the golden age of the arts under the reign of the great Mughal Emperor
Akbar (16th Century India).
Debuting in the King's Lynn Festival opened by the Queen Mother
of Great Britain, he has since been acclaimed for countless performances
around the world. Shafaatullah Khan began his career at an early age on
sitar and surbahar under the tutelage of his father Ustad Imrat Khan who
along with his brother Ustad Vilayat Khan comprises the two legendary maestros
of the Indian sub-continent.
Shafaatullah Khan later developed a passion for the tabla and
studied under the guidance of the respected Ustad Ibrahim Khan, a well-known
master of the most ancient and rare tabla compositions of varying regional
In addition to performing in numerous festivals and concerts,
Shafaatullah Khan has also led lecture-demonstrations and conducted workshops
at Harvard University, U.C.L.A., Carnegie Mellon, Princeton University,
and SPIC MACAY Institute of India and the United States.
His various recordings are available on Nimbus, Edelweiss, EMI,
Lyrichord, and Music of the World labels, as well as many others. Recently
he recorded three historic CD recordings (produced by Dr. Deepak Chopra)
upon which he performed on the sitar/surbahar, and accompanied himself
on the tabla; a first in the history of Indian classical music.
Hudson Valley's Cultural Affairs Departments offers a full season
of arts and cultural events that are open to the community. To request
a free Cultural Affairs calendar, call 629-8071.