Shahid Parvez

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Shahid Parvez Khan
Birth name Shahid Parvez Khan
Born (1955-10-14) 14 October 1955 (age 59)[citation needed]
Mumbai, India
Genres Hindustani Classical Music
Instruments sitar
Years active 1980–present
Website Official site

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan (born 14 October 1955[citation needed]) is a sitar player of Hindustani classical music.[1][2] He carries on a legacy of sitar playing that goes back several generations in his family. He belongs to the famous Etawah Gharana and belongs to the seventh generation of this musical lineage. He is one of India’s most celebrated younger musicians, praised especially for the vocalistic phrasing of his raga improvisations.[3]

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan at a concert accompanied by the great Tabla maestro of the Benaras Gharana Pandit Kishan Maharaj

Early life[edit]

young Shahid Parvez Khan at a concert accompanied by the great Tabla wizard of the Benaras Gharana Pandit Samta Prasad

Born in Mumbai, India. He was initiated into the rich music of the Gharana by his illustrious father and Guru Ustad Aziz Khan,[4] a famous musician and a noted composer and the son of the legendary Sitar and Surbahar virtuoso Ustad Wahid Khansahab.[5] As is the custom, Ustad Aziz Khan first initiated his son into vocal music and tabla before training him on the Sitar over many years with all the intensity and rigor that has made this Gharana famous. Incidentally, he got his vocal training from his own uncle Ustad Hafeez Khan a famous singer and a surbahar and sitar exponent and received taleem in tabla for many years from Ustad Munnu Khan of the Delhi Gharana.

His family has produced the many of the most revered and influential instrumentalists in Hindusthani Classical Music including the likes of Ustad Sahabdad Khan, Ustad Imdad Khan (his great grandfather), Ustad Enayat Khan, Ustad Wahid Khan (his grandfather) and Ustad Vilayat Khan.

Performing career[edit]

Shahid Parvez was recognized as a child prodigy and had started performing in public at the age of eight. Tremendous perseverance and hard work over the years have been rewarded with an outstanding technical prowess and a mastery over Layakari. He identifies himself with Raga Yaman, Darbari, Malkauns, Marwa, Todi, Shree, and Bageshree.

He has performed in all major musical festivals in India[6] and abroad including the Festival of India held in the US, Europe, USSR, Canada, Africa, Middle-East and Australia, enthralling the audience everywhere. With numerous LP records, audio and video cassettes, CDs and DVDs, numerous awards and accolades, and a distinguished performance career in India and around the world, he is widely recognized as one of the finest living sitar players.[7]

Awards and honours[edit]


Shahid Parvez's students include Shakir Khan [9] and Sameep Kulkarni.[10]



  1. ^ "Raining Plaudits". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Seven strings to the rainbow". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Shahid Parvez". New York Times. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Forever the right ring". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Preserving a musical heritage". The Daily Star. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Traditional Treat". India today. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sarangi, sitar maestros regale Puneites". Times of India. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Padma Shri for Anup Jalota, Dr. V. Mohan, Vanraj Bhatia". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Talented youth meet the maestros at classical music fest". Thaiindian. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Pranav Kulkarni. "Driven by passion". Indian express. Retrieved 18 December 2007. 

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