“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence…….”
Asad Khan belongs to the illustrious family of Mewati Gharana. He is deeply rooted in Indian Classical music, having studied exclusively under his father Ustad Siraj khan, an eminent, leading sitarist. His music has been perfected and handed down through generations in the family of Mewati musicians. Asad belongs to the 6th generation of the highly respected musical tradition of Mewati Gharana.
Asad Khan plays Sitar, thrives on challenges, loves to crossover between Indian music & variety of genres including Jazz, Flamenco, Western Classical, Electronica, Rock – lounge fusion, Sufi, Folk , Thematic music to film scores and tries to achieve the never before result.
Asad has played at many prestigious concerts. He has played at Chandigarh Sangeet Sabha , Sangeet Research Academy, ICCR Concert to commemorate 50th year of Indian Independence, Bandish Sufi Music Festival (Doha – Qatar), Komal-Nishad Music Festival (Baroda), YPS Youth music festival, AP tourism, India Today music group , Mumbai festival, Wood-Stock music festival, Jazz Yatra, Osho festival, Sanand Darbar, Baba Allauddin khan Sangeet Samaroh, Uttaradhikaar, Swami Haridas Sangeet Sabha, Indian Music group in LA (USA), Edinburgh music festival, Oxford music festival (Oxford UK), SAA (UK), Desert festival Dubai (UAE), Concert for Dubai shopping festival (UAE), Sydney festival (Sydney, Australia), Alchemy festival (South Bank Centre- London), Opening Ceremony of Common Wealth games, 2010 (Delhi – India), Concert with London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall(London, UK), Cultural exchange concerts for the royal emirates with middle-east musicians. Asad has the honour of being the first Sitarist to Perform at the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2010 at Oslo, Norway.
He has successfully performed at some of the most prestigious venues across the world like Ravindra Bharti , Nehru Centre, NCPA, Gujarat University, Salt-lake Stadium, Nehru stadium, Palace grounds, Royal festival hall, Nassau coliseum, Moses Mabhida Stadium, O2 Arena, Wembley Arena, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham LG Arena, Oxford town hall, American Airlines centre , Oslo Spektrum , PNE Coliseum…
Along with performing solo concerts, Asad has shared the stage with world famous artists, musicians, orchestras, music producers like Herbie Hancock, A R Rahman, India Arie, Barry Manilow, Colbie Caillat, Jamiroquai, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Matt Dunkley), the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (conducted by Nick Davies).
From Raga to Rock, Asad has done it all… taking his music all over the world. He travels regularly to USA, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Middle-east, Japan, Malaysia, China.
Asad works regularly with A R Rahman, the famous double Academy and Grammy award winner for “Slumdog Millionaire”. Some of the films & albums Asad has collaborated are, Jodha-Akbar , Raavan , Jhoota hi Sahi , Sultan the warrior, Nokia connections , CWG India theme song , USA radio desi beat and the multiple Academy award winning, highly acclaimed film “Slumdog Millonaire”. The track ‘Mausam & Escape’ in the film is played by Asad on sitar. The sitar played in the movie got great reviews from all across the world. He has also performed for A R Rahman’s “Jai Ho – the journey home world tour”.
“Play the music, not the instrument” says Asad. His work is now notable for the way he has applied his expertise as a very fine Indian classical musician.
From displaying the profundity of Indian raga frame work , a truly remarkable style of gayaki ang (vocal-style) to working with world renowned musicians from a range of traditions, creating innovative music that appeals to his generation as well as to his illustrious family music, Asad Khan is truly the new-age world musician.
As he says, “Music is the Universal Language of Mankind”…
The Torch-Bearer of the famous Mewati musical family ,
ASAD Continues to Spread Music And Love through His SITAR…