Shamim Ahmed Khan – Sitarist and Composer

Shamim Ahmed Khan – Sitarist and Composer

September 10, 1938 – February 14, 2012

Shamim Ahmed Khan was a sitarist and composer, and notably, a student of Pandit Ravi Shankar. His solo recording debut was at the age of 29. Shamim had performed in Carnegie Hall, at the Lincoln Center, at the Griffith Center, among other concert halls. Although an exponent of Indian classical music, he was also associated with western musicians such as Buddy Rich, and Paul Horn among others.

At an early age Shamim Ahmed was introduced to Hindustani classical music by his father, Ustad Ghulam Rasool Khan, a renowned music composer and vocalist of the musical Agra Gharana. However, after a bout of typhoid, Shamim Ahmed steered away from singing to turn towards his true passion for the sitar. In 1951, while studying at the Baroda Music College (now referred to as the Faculty of Performing Arts at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Khan met Pandit Ravi Shankar at a music conference in Ahmedabad. The day was memorable for the young musician also on account of his grand uncle’s first death anniversary; grand uncle Ustad Faiyaz Khan was an eminent classical vocalist. His father introduced him to Pandit Ravi Shankar, informing the maestro about his son’s interest in music. A few years later, the young Shamim Ahmed once again met Pandit Ravi Shankar at a music competition organized by All India Radio, where he played the sitar for him. In later years, Shamim Ahmed characterized his teacher briefly, in three words, "discipline", "devotion", "compassion". Those who knew Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan, would consider him too as "humble" and "modest".

[Tags Shamim Ahmed Khan, Sitar, Composer, 

Pandit Ravi Shankar, 

Ustad Ghulam Rasool Khan]


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