Grammy nominee Ustad Shujaat Khan makes first ever Australian tour

By Our Reporter
Grammy nominee Ustad Shujaat Khan makes first ever Australian tour
Ustad Shujaat Khan

Ustad Shujaat Khan, one of the greatest North Indian classical musicians of his generation, will be playing a selection of shows around Australia to share the gift of Indian classical music with local audiences.  Accompanied by local Tabla master Jay Dabgar, the duo will play in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Ustad Shujaat Khan belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the sitar and his style of playing sitar, known as the gayaki ang, is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice.

Shujaat Khan’s musical pedigree extends seven generations. He is the son and disciple of the great sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan, and his grandfather, Ustad Inayat Khan, who were all leading artists of their respective generations. Shujaat Khan has performed at prestigious music festivals in India and has performed in Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe.

Alongside his many notable performances, Khan has been a regularly featured artist at prestigious concert halls including Royal Albert Hall in London, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, and Congress Hall in Berlin.

The musician has also collaborated with different genres of music. The Rain, an album featuring Shujaat Khan and the Indo-Persian Ghazal ensemble, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for “Best Traditional World Music Album”.

Dabgar, who recently wrapped up a successful tour of Australia with Grammy winner Pt Vishwamohan Bhatt, will join Shujaat Kahn for his Australian tour. Dabgar will bring 24 years of Tabla playing experience to these highly anticipated shows. Born into a family of tabla makers, Dabgar learned the instrument from his gurus, Late Pt. Nandan Mehta and Pt. Pooran Maharaj at the famous Saptak School of Music in India. Dabgar’s skills are well known throughout Australia as well as internationally.

Grammy nominee Ustad Shujaat Khan makes first ever Australian tour
Jay Dabgar

Book your show

  • 16th March 7:30pm
  • Venue: Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney 2000
  • 18th March 7:30pm
  • Venue: Theatre Royal, 30 Hargraves St, Castlemaine, Vic 3450
  • 22nd March 7:30pm
  • Venue: Wendouree Centre For Performing Arts, 1220 Howitt Street, Wendouree VIC, 3355
  • 23rd March 7:30pm
  • Venue: The Drum Theatre, Lonsdale St & Walker St, Dandenong Vic 3175
  • 24th March, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Nexus Arts, North Tce & Morphett St, Adelaide SA 5000

The tour is presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria with support of Creative Victoria and Australia Council for the Arts. More information at


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