Instrumental Ecstasy Concert VII: Sitar


The Institute for Preservation of Art and Culture ( and Kuch Khaas bring you the seventh concert of the Instrumental Ecstasy series of concerts where you shall be taken on an exciting journey to discover the melodic brilliance of the Indian subcontinent through Classical InstrumentalMusic. The classical music of the subcontinent is one of the oldest unbroken musical traditions in the world. Its origins go back to the Vedic Period (roughly 1500 BC to 500 BC).

Featuring Instrument: Sitar
The Sitar is perhaps the most well-known of all the instruments from the Indian subcontinent. The popularity of this instrument especially in the western world can be attributed to the efforts and works of a single individual, Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Thanks to Ravi Shankar the sitar became popular globally and was featured in compositions like “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” and “Within You Without You” by The Beatles and also in “Paint It, Black” by Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones. In the late 1950s and early 1960s a brief fad began for using the Sitar in western pop songs.

Sadly the Sitar virtuoso and musical genius Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away on the 11th of December 2012. In this concert the sitar players of the twin cities will pay a tribute to one of the greatest sitar players of the Sub continent. Come and experience the magic of the Sitar in this tribute concert.

Featuring artists:
Wajih ul hussnain nizami on Sitar
Amir Hussain on Sitar
Shabih Sen on Sitar
Ustad Muhammad Ajmal on Tabla
Ustad Namet Khan on Tabla