‘The sitar is the West’s first link to any Indian music’ The Times of India

'The sitar is the West's first link to any Indian music' - Interviews - Opinion - Home - The Times of India.

I love his quote about music, which could also describe Western classical music. Indian classical music has a long and rich history. Like Western classical, it is having to adapt to modern times.

Answering the question "What is the future of Indian classical music?", sitarist Shujaat Husain Khan says, "It's here to stay, like it always was. There is no change, really.

Music is like a river that begins from a glacier, flows down a mountain, winds through valleys, moves into cities and finally meets the unending sea. In different places and through different seasons, the size, swell and colour of the river changes, but its essence remains. Time and innovation give it various forms but there's always an inherent respect and dignity towards it. One knows one is holding on to something that's old and classic."

Shujaat Husain Khan comes from the illustrious Imdad Khan gharana of the sitar. His music has breathtaking intensity that manages to captivate even the first-time listener. His style of fusion has made the sitar relevant to a young audience otherwise divorced from Indian classical music.

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