Shahid Parvez

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Shahid Parvez Khan
Birth name Shahid Parvez Khan
Born (1957-10-14) 14 October 1957 (age 58)[citation needed]
Mumbai, India
Genres Hindustani Classical Music
Instruments sitar
Years active 1965–present
Website Official site

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan (born 14 October 1957[citation needed]) is a sitar player of Hindustani classical music.[1][2] He belongs to the seventh generation of the Etawah Gharana. 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 Samta Prasad of the Benaras Gharana

Born in Mumbai, India, Shahid was initiated into the rich music of the Gharana by his father Aziz Khan,[4] who was the son of the Sitar and Surbahar virtuoso Wahid Khan.[5] As is the custom, Aziz Khan first initiated his son into vocal music and tabla before training him on the Sitar over many years. Incidentally, he got his vocal training from his own uncle Hafeez Khan, a singer and surbahar and sitar exponent and received taleem in tabla for many years from Munnu Khan of the Delhi Gharana.

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

Performing career[edit]

Shahid 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. With numerous LP records, audio and video cassettes, CDs and DVDs, several awards and accolades, and a distinguished performance career in India and around the world, he is 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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