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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 styles.

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.