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ASAVARI MUSIC RETREAT
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Music is a combination of melodies and rhythms, working towards soothing the mind and soul. The concept of Asavari is simple; it’s all about bringing artists and maestro together, who are passionate about music and it’s varied forms, along with music lovers. This year’s edition will be led by Ustad Shujaat Khan held at Fort Chanwa Luni, India from 13 September till 17 September 2017.

Come and be a part of this experience for few days to evolve and engage into sublime art form, at the same time express ideas, emotions, share stories and life lessons with each other; bonding through instruments.

An Initiative by Nupur and Manish Purohit

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On February 13th, the Ustad Vilayat Khan Music Foundation presented Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Shujaat Khan in concert.  Music lovers traveled across India and the world and waited in line for over five hours to watch the duo on stage.  Over six thousand fans packed the venue, making the performance one of the most successful music concerts ever held in Delhi.

Ustad Shujaat Khan opens the spring music season with a concert in Taiwan.  In collaboration with two percussionists and sarangi player Farooque Latif Khan, Shujaat will perform classical, Sufi, and folk songs of North India at the National Concert Hall on April 8th. 

Khan then travels to Russia for two performances.  He plays in Moscow and St. Petersburgh on April 17th and April 19th, respectively.

On May 12th, Khan performs at the Miller Theater at Columbia University in New York before traveling back to India for a concert in Kolkata on June 17th. 

Shujaat finishes the summer season with a performance at the North American Bengali Conference in Santa Clara, California on July 8th. 

For the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Ustad Shujaat Khan has recorded his version of the timeless bhajan, "Vaishnav Jana To". This was made into a video for Taj Mahal Tea at the Taj Mahal Tea House in Bandra, Mumbai.  The video was released on YouTube on October 2nd, 2016 and by the 5th, had already crossed one million hits. 

Shujaat Khan New Release Ruby.

CBC News Canada - CBC.CA calls Ruby one of the best albums of the year.


Listeners Comments

”Raga Jhinjhoti felt like a deep full body & soul massage with frequent goose bump shivers. Ustaad ji’s unique delivery of the composition by both sitar and vocal touched all my emotional strings. I hope there will be many more to come.”

”What did I hear on Saturday, 3rd October? How did it feel? I simply don’t have words to describe. I will just give it a try in the few following lines. Shujaat ji made us experience the beauty of the way a flower, named Jhinjhoti, blooms. Each leaf of that flower had its own fragrance which spread to the souls of the listeners. Towards the end of the concert, he started singing, and this made us drown in our own musical tears. Maybe salvation feels like that. My deepest respect and thanks to Shujaat ji for his music and Nihar bhai, who gave soulful support on the tabla.”

”Listening to Ustad Shujaat Khan’s rendition of Raag Jhinjhoti was truly unforgettable. Slowly and skillfully, the master made every note unfold itself fully to the audience, causing an onrush of nothing but beautiful and deep emotions spiraling up. I was touched in the deepest of my soul, countless shivers sent to my spine. We were not simply listening to Jhinjhoti, we were in it and it lived in us. The talented Nihar Mehta also deserves great appreciation, the conversation between his tabla and ustad’s sitar was perfect, playful and a true delight to witness. I rightfully did not want to miss this concert and its memory will stay close to my heart.”

”The concert was truly amazing. Being in the presence of such a master in the west is an honor that all should seek to experience at least once. The musical journey was enrapturing, full of nuances, depth and space. It was a rare soul enriching experience and I am grateful that I could assist. I am looking forward to the next concert.”

LAST UPDATED ON: Feb. 19, 2015

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Shujaat Khan has finished his commitments for the summer and begins the fall and winter music seasons with a concert on October 18th in Mumbai.

On October 31st and November 1st, Shujaat will play with his group, Vishnamo, in Delhi and Mumbai, respectively. He will be joined by several North and South Indian percussionists, South Indian violin players Ganesh and Kumaresh, saxophonist George Brooks, and legendary ghatam player, Vikku Vinayakram.

On November 8th, Khan travels to Jaipur for “Music in the Park.” Concert goers will have the opportunity to enjoy the ambiance of an open-air venue while listen to evening ragas. Shujaat plays again in concert in Surat on November 9th.

Khan finishes the year with performances in Aurangabad on December 20th, followed by two concerts in Kolkata on December 25th, December 27th and December 28th. On January 5th, he plays in Ahmedabad as a part of the annual thirteen day long Saptak Music Festival. Shujaat performs again in Pune on January 11th, Delhi on January 9th, and Gurgaon on February 8th, January 22nd in Kolkata for the Dover Lane Music festival.

Kayhan Kalhor will join Shujaat Khan and the Ghazal Ensemble for a series of concerts in North America in 2015. Khan and Kalhor will start their tour with a performance in Vancouver on March 13th, followed by a concert at Los Angeles’s Skirball Cultural Center on March 15th. The duo will travel to the east coast with performances in Boston on the 21st and at the Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in New York on the 22nd. The two play again in Toronto on the 27th and 28th before ending their tour with a final concert in Houston on March 29th.

Saregama Records will be releasing Shujaat Khan’s new album. The album is a tribute to Jagjit Singh and the fond memories Khan has of his time with the late artist.

LAST UPDATED ON: Oct. 28, 2014