Ustad Vilayat Khan - The Supreme Genius of Ustad Vilayat Khan

“Born at Gouripur (now in East Pakistan [Bangladesh] )in 1924 in a family with a great musical tradition, Vilayat Khan is sixth in an unbroken line of maestros going back to the Mughal period. His father, the late Ustad Inayat Khan, still remembered as one of the greatest sitarists of all time, initiated young Vilayat in the art of Sitar playting, though this guidance was lost to Vilayat at the early age of thirteen due to the death of his father. Dedication and discipline, however, carried him through and to such heights that at a relatively young age his virtuosity was recognized not only in India but abroad also. He has played to appreciative audiences in UK, Europe, USSR, East Africa and Afghanistan. Just as Sartre’s rejection of the Nobel Prize created a storm in European intellectual circles, Vilayat Khan’s polite but firm refusal of a Sangeet Natak Akademi award created a sensation among musical circles in India three years ago.” (From the cover notes)

“A creative genius like Vilayat was not content with mere presentation of his parent baaz. He remodelled the Sitar in many ways like removing the second gourd, changing the strings and tuning system. His technical contribution, exquisitely attuned to the various gradations of Raga delineation, elucidative in practical exposition, has become a reference point for the art of perfect Sitar playing…

For his magnificent solos, his immemorial duets, Ustad Vilayat Khan will live on in the hearts of millions for time immemorial, as the Shahenshah of Sitar. ”   (Obituary, ITC Sangeet Resarch Academy)

“Fans and media alike liked to play up Vilayat Khan’s rivalry with and animosity towards Ravi Shankar. However, in calmer moments Vilayat would admit there was not much to it. His animosity for the politics and institutions of India’s cultural life was another matter. In 1964 and 1968, respectively, he was awarded the Padma Shri andPadma Bhushan awards – India’s fourth and third highest civilian honours for service to the nation – but refused to accept them, declaring the committee musically incompetent to judge him.” (Wikipedia, Controversy)

Release Information
Year: 1968.
Country: India.
Label: HMV / EMI India.
Sitar-Raga : Darbari Kanada

Side A: Alap & Jhala
Side B: Gat In Teentaal
Comments (10)

10 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this – this is fantastic!

    A minor, quibbling point: the 320k MP3 appears to be a V0, not a true CBR 320k. Just FYI.

    Thanks for everything you do. So good…

  2. nicholab says:

    Thanks for the heads up! I’m using a somewhat new (to me) converter; Max, and didn’t catch that in the preferences. Ah well, the flac is up, so I’ll fix that on my next rip. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks very much. The sitar is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world.

  4. twogoodears says:

    A BIG thank you for this and for MANY others… you’re a myth!

  5. mauer says:

    Thank you! Can’t wait to hear this.

  6. nick says:

    I’ve given this a couple spins so far and the title is right on. This is sick! Thank you belatedly for this — it’s wonderful.

  7. Anonymous says:

    thank joe for every super special & superbebly beautiful pieces you’ve shared!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting! I have this album – same track listing and same music but different cover and titled ‘master of the sitar’, on Parlophone label ,still 1968 release, dropped it a couple of years ago and couldn’t find it anywhere online, so glad I can listen to it again.

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