Temple of Fine Arts’ Parampara – Songs of the Sitar by Ustad Usman Khan on 23rd Sept 2018


Parampara, the tradition of uninterrupted succession of knowledge from a Guru (master) to the Shishya (disciple). The Guru passes down the knowledge across generations in its most holistic form. The beauty of this method of induction and learning is that it preserves the key nuances of the subject matter, without losing any significance or style along the way. This has primarily been the way in which Indian classical music has been propagated from one generation to the next.

As the grandson of “Sitar Ratna” Ustad Rehmat Khan of Dharwad, recognized as one of the “Navaratnas – Nine Jewels” in the court of Maharaja of Mysore, Ustad Usman Khan deservedly holds a privileged place in the field of Indian classical music – Sitar playing in particular. He received his initiation in the Sitar from his father Ustad Abdul Karim Khan and gave his first public performance at the age of 9. From there, he has performed extensively all over the world, mesmerizing audiences and music lovers with his unique style of music.  His continuous innovative streak in his musical compositions displays itself in his ability to make the difficult look simple, the emotional seem elegant and the earthly appear divine.  

Like his father and grandfather before him, “Guruji” as he is fondly addressed, values the importance of the classical arts in society. He has devoted the last 40 years of his life, in service to the Arts, imparting his vast knowledge to a new generation of musicians. As the International Dean of Music for Temple of Fine Arts International, he has tutored and mentored students from all over the world, many of whom are acclaimed musicians today in their own right. Amongst them are his daughter Ruqiya Khan Deshmukh and granddaughter Madhyami Deshmukh who will share the stage with him this evening. 

Accompanying them on the Tabla, will be Temple of Fine Arts Tabla Guru Shri Nawaz Mirajkar. Nawaz Mirajkar hails from a proud lineage of musicians and has been instrumental in propagating this traditional art form in Singapore over the last 20 years. Besides being an adept Tabla soloist and accompanist, Nawaz-ji has also carved a unique name for himself as a composer and producer. Some of these orchestral productions include: Damaru, Taal-Express, Water and Anthar Agni. 

Invitations available at Temple of Fine Arts.

For Online invites: http://tinyurl.com/tfasitarconcert

Donations are welcome!