ERMS Sitar Concert
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Ustad Irshad Khan
Born in Kolkata, Ustad Irshad Khan was recognized as a child prodigy, giving his first public performance in Kolkata at the age of 8 and making his international debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London at the age of 13. At 18, he made history by becoming the youngest soloist ever to perform at the Indian All Night Concert at the Proms, one of the most prestigious international music festivals in London and which BBC records and broadcasts. He is considered as the leading Surbahar (Bass sitar) player and among the finest Sitar players of today’s generation.
The Surbahar was invented by his great great grandfather, Sahabdad Khan. Irshad Khan descends from an unbroken lineage of musicians that trace back to the 16th century Mogul courts of India. He is the son and disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of Ustad Vilayat Khan and represents the 8th generation of his musical heritage. He is the torchbearer of the leading school of sitar, known as the Imdadkhani Etawah Gharana. Taking his illustrious Gharana forward, he’s developed and advanced the technique of Surbahar and Sitar by introducing many musical subjects along with left hand meends and right hand tantra techniques. His style is a combination of the authentic Asal Gayaki ang and tantra Ang Baaj, gaining comprehensive mastery over every major aspect of Hindustani classical music.
Among his many accolades and awards, he’s recently received the National award from India and has performed in major venues/festivals in over 40 countries. He has also taught workshops and masterclasses at educational institutions all around the globe.
Today, he continues to pass on this rich heritage as the president and founder of the Universal Academy of Musicians, with a branch in Mississauga, Rochester, and Kolkota. He is currently based out of Toronto/GTA and Kolkata but he has students internationally learning from him online who are taking both specialized sitar and vocal training.
Rohan Bhogal was born and raised in the city of Edmonton, Canada. At an early age, Rohan showed a keen interest in tabla. Much of his childhood was spent listening to Indian classical music, both at home, and in concert halls. By listening alone, Rohan was able to grasp complicated rhythmic patterns without any formal musical training. Noticing his inclination towards tabla, Rohan’s father brought him to the world renowned tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, who began his formal tabla training at the age of eight. Under his guidance, Rohan has developed a knowledge of traditional tabla repertoire and a discerning ear for both the melodic and rhythmic aspects of tabla. In addition to music, Rohan has completed a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and has a Degree in Dental Surgery from the University of Alberta.