Artist Spotlight May 2021

“Next time you listen to music, listen to it with your heartbeat.”

– Hidayat Husain Khan

Hidayat Husain Khan ~ Sitar & Vocal

Rolling Stone praises him and his music as “Jazzing up the sitar. Khan adds new shades to the music with his mastery.”  Montreal Times calls him “born to play” and his music has been described as “Divinity” by Le Monde.

Sitarist/ vocalist Hidayat Husain is “A daring dedicated performer. His fans fondly say he plays the sitar through strings that sing” – Vibe.“Charismatic, charming and fun, Hidayat Khan plays with the audience.”Off Beatt

“His music was transporting, piercing the soul till the last drops of emotions were flowing through the body.”Khaleej Times

A direct descendant and proponent of one of the most treasured lineages of eastern classical music, sitarist Hidayat Husain Khan was destined for stardom. Youngest son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan, globally acclaimed as the greatest of all sitarists, Hidayat Husain Khan harbors a rare, creative brilliance that effortlessly takes him across all genres and nuances of music. A charming transition from the very classical to the very colloquial, from playing the intricate Etawa Gharana to performing with the Rolling Stones. An exquisite sitar player and vocalist well-versed in the ‘Gayaki ang’, a unique rendition where voice blends with the instrument,  Hidayat Husain Khan carries the torch of a coveted lineage spanning seven generations of outstanding vocal and instrumental court musicians. Hidayat Husain Khan has lent his versatility in several film score compositions and has performed in numerous classical and fusion concerts, independently and in collaboration with such illustrious musical names as, Ndugu Chancler, Ronnie Woods, Alicia Keys, Usher, Zakir Hussain, Pete Townshend, Will.I.Am, Jay Z and Darryl Jones. Invited from all over the world Hidayat Husain Khan has enthralled audiences in major performances in Europe, Japan, USA, Malaysia, Canada, Singapore, and India. He has performed in such prestigious venues as Royal Albert Hall in London, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Carnegie Hall and Alicetuly Hall in New

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