Sabir Khan is the symbol of the sarangi, today, in India. Since the age of 6, he has been trained under the guidance of his father, the legendary Ustad Sultan Khan and his grand-father Ustad Gulab Khan of the Sikar gharana style. Breathtaking, he has already collaborated in his early thirties, with the greatest artists: Zakir Hussain, Kumar Bose, Anindo Chatterjee, Ranjit Barot, Salim and Sulaiman Merchant (Womad 2014), Karsh Kale and has been awarded this year by the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama (Ministry of Culture, Govt of India).
Sabir excels in musical improvisations with sustaining melodic and rhythmic skills framed by the raga form and interpreted in vibrant play by which he renders the “hundred colours” of the sarangi, the sublime and most demanding of instruments. Sabir has opened an exciting new phase for North Indian music and the Rajasthani folk compositions that he inherited from his forefathers. He is much appreciated on the international musical scene.
- « Sabir, an accomplished sarangi artist. » The Guardian 2012
- « Sabir Khan noted sarangi player(s). » New York Times 2011
- WDR review Roskilde
Line-up: 3 musicians
- Sabir Khan, sarangi solist
- a tablas player
- a dholak player
Availability: all year