Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan
Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan
A few years before the Beatles met Ravi Shankar, in 1958, Khan collaborated with jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. Brubeck who was in Bombay through the US State Department sponsored Jazz Ambassadors Program was impressed by the improvisation in Indian music and said that the experience accompanying Halim Jaffer Khan led him to play in a different way. Brubeck says of that meeting, "We understood each other." Khan also performed with the noted English classical guitarist Julian Bream in 1963. Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan is perhaps best known for his innovation, Jafferkhani Baaj. He describes it as, "a synthesis of precision in technique, systematic thought" with a vigorous playing style.
Cultural anthropologist and reader at the University of Mumbai, Dr. Kamala Ganesh states: "His music making is full of eclectic yet deeply informed choices. He is a thinking musician but puts across his complex views with a simplicity and feeling which demarcate the articulate performer from the articulate theoretician.... In him, one gets an unmistakable sense...
a syncretic tradition". The Indian santoor player Shivkumar Sharma remembers of Khan's performance of the raga Chaayanat: "It was probably in 1955-56, I was relaxing in my terrace in Jammu. In the stillness of the night I heard the notes of Raga Chaayanat on the sitar emanate from my neighbor's radio. I immediately noticed that the tone of the sitar was completely different and the style of playing radically unique.
I rushed to switch on my radio.... I was totally engrossed and was very curious to know who this maestro was." Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan has been credited with bringing Carnatic ragas Kirwani, Kanakangi, Latangi, Kirwani, Karaharapriya, Manavati, Ganamurti, and others into the sitar repertoire, rendering them through a Hindustani sensibility and in the Jafferkhani style. He was the first Hindustani musician to collaborate with Carnatic music in a performance with renowned Veena player Emani Sankara Sastry. His early experimentation with polytonality in Indian classical instrumentation (which is largely solo performance) was achieved in his sitar quintet. Khan has had a valuable involvement with Indian cinema.
Music Director Khwaja Khurshid Anwar introduced him to the Hindi film industry in 1946 at the age of 17 when he played sitar in the songs of film Parwana (1947 film). He has also composed and played for epic films like Mughal-e-Azam, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1971), Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959), Kohinoor (1960) and has collaborated with noted music directors such as Vasant Desai, C. Ramachandra, Madan Mohan and Naushad who has said, "he not only enriched film music, but his participation lent prestige to my songs." In 1976, Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan created the Halim Academy of Sitar in Mumbai, India. Notable disciples include, sitarists Zunain Khan who is also the son of Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, Dr. Prasad Joglekar, and Gargi Shindé, Director of Jazz Programs at Chamber Music America. Awards Tagore Ratna (Sangeet Natak Akademi) in 2012 Padma Bhushan (Govt.
of India) in 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award (Legends Of India) in 2005 Hafiz Ali Khan Award (Haafiz Ali Khan Memorial Trust) in 1992 Shikhar Samman (Govt. of Madhya Pradesh) in 1991 Gaurav Puraskar (Govt. of Maharashatra) in 1990 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 1987 Padmashree (Govt. of India) in 1970 Read more on Last.fm.
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