On Friday 14 July 2017
7:30pm to 10:30pm
Castle Grand Community Centre
14 Pennant Street Castle Hill 2154
Tickets: $25/30 : $40/45 : $55/60
Ashok: 0407 258 891; Sunil: 0403 039 316
Aashish Khan was born in 1939 at Maihar, a small princely state, where his legendary grandfather Pdma Bhushan Acharya Ustaad Alauddin Khan, the founder of Senia Maihar Gharana (school) of Indian classical music, was a royal court musician at that time, and when his father Ustaad Ali Akbar Khan was also learning, teaching as well as performing sarode.
He was initiated into Hindustani classical music at the age of five by his grandfather, so he also became “Guru Bhai” (co-disciple) of his father. His training (or taalim) later continued under the guidance of his father, and his aunt, Vidushi Annapurna Devi. The “Senia Maihar Gharana” follows the traditional “Beenkar” and “Rababiya” pattern of the “Dhrupad” style.
Aashish Khan grew up in Maihar and Kolkata under strict family discipline of learning and performing music. He gave his debut public performance at the age of 13, with his grandfather, on the All India Radio National Program, New Delhi, and in the same year, performed with his father and his grandfather at the “Tansen Music Conference”, Kolkata. Since then he has been performing and teaching music all over the world. Ustaad Ashish Khan is one the main torch bearer of Maihar Gharana and this tradition at an international level.
Aashish Khan is a founder of the Indo-American musical group “Shanti” with well known tabla player Ustaad Zakir Hussain in 1969, and later, of the fusion group, “The Third Eye”. In “Shanti”, Aashish Khan is featured playing the acoustic Sarode sometimes through a picup wkith vibrato effect.
He has also worked with the renowned Sitarist Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar, he has worked as a background artist on musical products for both film and stage, including Oscar Winner Satyajit Ray‘s Apur Sansar, Parash Pathar, Jalsaghar, and Richard Attenborough‘s film Gandhi. He has also worked as a background artist with Maurice Jarre on John Huston‘s film The Man Who Would be King, David Lean‘s A Passage to India, and composed the music for Tapan Sinha‘s films, Joturgriha (for which he received Best Film Score Award) and Aadmi Aurat.
During 1989–1990, Ustaad Aashish Khan worked as the Composer and Conductor for the National Orchestra of All India Radio, New Delhi, India, succeeding musical stalwarts like sitarist Ravi Shankar, and flautist Pannalal Ghosh.
He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006 in the ‘Best World Music’ category for his album “Golden Strings of the Sarode”. He is also a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Besides being a performer, composer, and conductor.
Aashish Khan has also composed and perform along with numerous Western musicians such as John Barham, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Charles Lloyd, John Handy, Alice Coltrane, Emil Richards, Dallas Smith, Don Pope, Jorge Strunz, Ardeshir Farah, and the Philadelphia String Quartet.
Ustad Aashish Khan has also been leading “Shringar”, the first foray of any classical Indian musician into the music culture of New Orleans, widely considered the Mecca of Jazzw, along with well known New Orleans musicians such as Tim Green and Jason Marsalis. His recordings include Wonderwall Music, Young Master of the Sarode, California Concert, Sarode and Piano Jugalbandi, Shanti, Live at the Royal Festival Hall London, Homage, Inner Voyage, Monsoon Ragas, The Sound of Mughal Court, and the latest, Jugalbandi Sarode & Sarangi Duet, with Ustad Sultan Khan.
Aashish Khan is a music teacher, currently serving as adjunct professor of Indian Classical Music at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, US, and as an adjunct professor of Music at the University of California at Santa Cruz, United States. He has formerly taught at the faculties of the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California, University of Alberta in Canada and the University of Washington, Seattle. While pursuing a busy career as a concert artist and composer, he teaches students throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Africa, as well as India. Many of his students have established themselves as stage performers all over the world.
He has been awarded the Fellowship of the Illinois Arts Council, US, in 2002, and India’s highest award for performing arts, i.e., the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 2005. In 2006, he was nominated for a Grammy Award in the ‘Best World Music’ category. On 24 May 2007 Ustad Aashish Khan became the first ever Indian classical musician to become a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the UK’s highest society in Asian arts and culture. He is the first musician to perform in all world music conference began in the USA in 2015.