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Date(s) - 10/06/2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Alliance française


Dil-e-Sarang – Indian Classical live music
By Ustad Dilshad Khan, Avirbhav Verma & Sandeep Singh

We would like to take the opportunity to welcome a very well know versatile Indian classical sarangi player Ustad Dilshad khan along with Avirbhav Verma at tabla & Sandeep Singh at dilruba.

“We are very Grateful to perform at the Alliance Française Chandigarh. We will be performing little classical and Semi Classical along with some famous songs in the form of Instrumental. We are really looking forward to welcome you all for the performance” – Ustad Dildhad Khan

Date : 10th June
Time : 6.30 pm

Venue : AFC Médiathèque


About Artists

Ustad Dilshad Khan

Dilshad Khan born in 1983 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.  He belongs to the Sikar Gharana of music which has given several stalwarts to Indian classical music.  He is the ninth generation to take up Sarangi. His great grandfather Ustad Azim Khan was a court musician at Sikar in Rajasthan.

He began his training at the age of 6 in music from his grandfather Ustad Gulab Khan Sahab who was a great sarangi player and vocalist of his time and from his father Ustad Nasir Khan Sahab who was also a great sitar player. Later he started learning sarangi from his legendary uncle Padma Bhushan Ustad Sultan Khan Sahab, who is one of the most renowned sarangi players and Vocalists from India.  Ustad Sultan Khan Sahab gave a new dimension to sarangi and played the key role in popularizing this ancient classical instrument of India.

Dilshad Khan gave his first performance at the age of 10 at All India Radio Youth festival in Jodhpur.  He is known today for his excellent command on this difficult instrument and has already remarkably imbibed almost his great uncle’s entire repertoire with a similar command and mastery on the sarangi.  He is indeed a chip off the old block and has shared the stage with his uncle Padma Bhushan Ustad Sultan Khan Sahab many times.

Apart from his solo performances he has had the honor to perform with artists like Ustad  Zakir  Hussain,  Pandit  Swapan  Chaudhuri,  Trilok  Gurtu,  Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Pt. Ajay Pohankar, Pt. Ajay  Chakrabarty,  Sivamani, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Louis Banks, Abida Parveen, Hariharan, Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, Shankar Mahadevan, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Ustad Fazal Qureshi, Nitin Swahney, Babani Kone, Juliet Robertz, Mickey Hart, Taufiq Qureshi and many more.  He has played sarangi with Ustad Zakir Hussain in the album Global Drum Project which won the prestigious Grammy Award in 2009.

Dilshad Khan is also a famous name in bollywood music industry, he has played for more than 500 bollywood movies. He has played sarangi in hit films like Devdas, Namaste London, Mohabbatein, Goal, Rockstar, Faltu, Mausam, Guzaarish, Jhoom Bara Bar Jhoom, Kyunki, Red, Tere Naam, Dhobi Ghat just to name few.

He have given many performances in all the major music festivals and concerts in India like Savai Gandharva in Pune, Saptak in Ahmedabad, Shankar Lal music festival in Delhi etc.. He has performed in many prestigious venues in world like Royal Albert Hall, London, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Holland, USA, UAE, Muscat, Bahrain, Europe, etc.

Avirbhav Verma

Avirbhav was born in Chandigarh, India. He received his first tabla lessons from his father, Pawan Kumar Verma. In 2000, after Verma’s death, Avirbhav was taught by his grandfather, Pandit Lachman Singh Seen. His mother, Gandharv Verma, is a vocalist and an artist performing on All-India Radio and Doordarshan.

Avirbhav has accompanied and performed alongside a number of vocalists and instrumentalists, various French music bands through Alliance Française, including Masaladosa and Erik Truffaz. He has performed in Auckland & New Zealand. He has also performed with well know artists Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt , Shri Salil Bhatt, Shrimati Aarti Alankalekar, Shrimati Ashwini Bhide etc. He received the State Award by the Government of Punjab which was presented to him by the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amrinder Singh.

Sandeep Singh
Sandeep Singh’s musical journey began with the dilruba, a modern variant of the taus, but he made a name for himself in 2012 when he took up the taus.
He learnt to play from his father Tarlochan Singh and then trained under Ustad Shaminderpal Singh in Jalandhar for a year in 1997.
After that, he began his studies with another great music maestro, Pandit Manu Seen from Jalandhar, whom he remained with until 2018. Then he had the opportunity to learn from the legendary Ustad Dilshad Khan, a renowned Sarangi player from Mumbai.
Sandeep Singh, who has been playing it for four decades, and is proficient in both the taus and dilruba.