The Oud Festival presents a special evening devoted to Indian classical music with two of India’s most outstanding contemporary musicians—sitar virtuoso Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, whose legendary performances have dazzled global audiences, and vocalist Begum Parveen Sultana, who was crowned the queen of Indian classical music.
Shahid Parvez Khan will open this memorable evening of Indian music. He is the seventh generation of India’s first family of sitar, the Etawah Gharana, and disciple of his father, Ustad Aziz Khan. He is regarded as the finest sitar player alive and has been dubbed “the embodiment of Indian music.”
The second half of the evening features vocalist Parveen Sultana, “the supreme soprano,” also a member of a family of musicians. She has performed since the age of 12 and has been featured in numerous Bollywood films. The performance presents the range of her rare voice, moving between meditative rhythms and moving melodies.
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, sitar; Akram Khan, tabla; Parveen Sultana, vocals; Mukundraj Deo, tabla; Shrinivas Acharya, harmonium; Shadaab Sultana Khan, vocal support and tanpura
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. photo: Adrian Baird
Parveen Sultana. photo: Ravi Pothuchy