Nishat Khan & Irshad Khan – Together: Jugalbandi

Sun 10 Mar, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall
Classical music
£25 ⁠–⁠ £55
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A composite image of Irshad Khan and Nishat Khan, both are wearing blue shirts and playing the sitar
NARENDRA DANGIYA / Nishat Khan Estate

‘Ethereal, compelling, sensual . . . Nishat Khan, Master of the Sitar’

Los Angeles Times

Virtuosos Nishat Khan and Irshad Khan return to the Southbank Centre in a duet performance for sitar and surbahar as part of South Asian Sounds festival.

Nishat Khan has earned an international reputation over his long, distinguished career, which began when he was just seven and saw him performing ragas at the Queen Elizabeth Hall by the age of 16.

With a sitar-playing lineage that goes back to the court of the Mughal emperor, he has appeared at concert venues across the globe and collaborated with a diverse range of musicians including Vanessa Mae, Paco Peña, John McLaughlin, Philip Glass, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Evelyn Glennie, Django Bates and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, for the 2013 world premiere of Khan’s composition The Gate of the Moon (Sitar Concerto No.1).

Recent years have seen Khan delving into scoring Bollywood films and the visual arts world, melding and building musical ideas alongside Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor.

Irshad Khan is an internationally acclaimed maestro who has been hailed as the Mozart of Indian music. From an early age, his extraordinary talent as a musician was evident, with his first public performance at the age of eight and his debut in our Queen Elizabeth Hall at 13.

In 1981, aged 18, he achieved the distinction of being the youngest soloist to grace the stage at the BBC Proms’ all-night concert of music from India. Today, he stands revered as a leading artist in the realm of the surbahar (bass sitar), solidifying his status as one of the finest sitar/surbahar players of his generation.

Presented by SAMA Arts

Dates & times

Sun 10 Mar, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 3 hours.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

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  • Concessions25%**


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