Sabri Khan

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Ustad Sabri Khan
उस्ताद साबरी खान
استاد صابری خان
Background information
Born 1927
Genres Indian classical music
Instruments sarangi

Ustad Sabri Khan (Hindi: उस्ताद साबरी खान,(Urdu: استاد صابری خان), born 1927 in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh[1]) is an Indian sarangi player, who is descended on both sides of his family from a line of distinguished musicians.

Early life[edit]

Khan belongs to the Sainia Gharana. This Gharana traces the tradition of its music back to Mian Tansen, the great vocalist in the court of Moghul Emperor Akbar. Khan was initiated into Sarangi – playing by his grandfather, Ustad Haji Mohammed Khan and later continued his training under his father Ustad Chajju Khan, both accomplished Sarangi exponents of their time. Khan also learned some important and rare techniques of playing this ancient and difficult instrument from his uncle Ustad Laddan Khan of Rampur.

Khan has a prodigious command over the Sarangi – bowed instrument, which is considered to be a difficult instrument to master in Indian instrumental music. In playing Sarangi he has generated his own style where the purity of raga, variety of tans, layakari, (rhythmic oscillations) alaap-jor are obvious and of course of the traditional form of sarangi-playing in its total originality.

Music career[edit]

Khan, has toured extensively across the world and performed in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Japan, USSR, Russia, USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Czechia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Mexico.. The credit of introducing the Sarangi to American and European audiences goes to Khan. He has also played a duet with the renowned Yehudi Menuhin and was invited as a visiting professor by the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

In appreciation of his contribution to the Classical Music of India Ustad Sabri Khan has received numerous honours and awards, including the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, UP Sangeet Natak Academy Award, National Sangeet Natak Academy Award and the prestigious Padma Shree Award (1992) and Padma Bhushan Award (2006) by the President of India – Government of India.


Ustad Sabri Khan Sahib has 4 sons- Sarwar Sabri (Musician – Tabla; living in Birmingham), Jamal Sarwar Sabri (Chartered Accountant; living in Dubai), Kamal Sabri (Musician – Sarangi; living in Delhi) and the youngest Gulfam Sabri (Singer; living in Delhi) and 5 Daughters. He has many grandsons playing musical instruments: Sohail (Sarangi), Faisal (Tabla), Shariq (Tabla), Junaid (Guitar) and Nabeel (Sarangi).

Awards and honour[edit]

  • Sahitya Kala Parishad Award
  • Shobhna Kala Sangam Award – 1985
  • Begum Akhtar Award
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – 1986
  • Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Luchnow, UP – 1990
  • Padma Shree Award by the President of India, Government of India – 1992
  • Ustad Chand Khan Award – 2002
  • Sangeet Bhushan Award – 2002
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – LEGENDS OF INDIA – DMA – Delhi – 2003
  • National Artist Award – All India Radio Prasar Bharti Award – 2004
  • Padma Bhushan Award by the President of India, Government of India – 2006
  • Tagore Ratna Award by Governor of Bengal-2012

Khan received several national awards, including the Padma Shri in 1992 and the Padma Bhushan in 2006.[2]


  1. ^ Hunt, Ken. "Sabri Khan – Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  2. ^ "Padma Awards". Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (India). Retrieved 2009-03-08. 

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