In 1944, the family moved with Vilayat Khan, Imrat's elder brother, to Bombay where both the brothers learned extensively from uncle Wahid Khan. In 1952 Vilayat and Imrat moved in together in Calcutta. They performed together for many years. From the 1960s onwards, Khan has performed and recorded solo, playing both sitar and surbahar. For decades, Khan has recorded extensively on both his instruments.
His full performance practice starts with a surbahar alap in dhrupad ang (embellished with more romantic touches), followed by a shorter alap on the sitar leading into gat in traditional Imdadkhani style. (Sitar players such as Ravi Shankar and Nikhil Banerjee added bass strings to their sitars to achieve at least some of the surbahar's lower range on a single instrument). Khan has toured in Europe, the Americas, and East and Southeast Asia. He spends a portion of each year teaching classical Indian music and instructing sitar students at Washington University in Saint Louis. Imrat Khan is the senior performer of the Imdadkhani gharana, the school of sitar and surbahar performance named after his grandfather Imdad Khan. Khan has five sons, Nishat, Irshad, Wajahat and Shafaatullah, and Azmat Khan. In 1988 Imrat Khan received a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from the president of India. In 2017, he was conferred with the Padma Shri, however he refused to accept the award stating "It is too little and came little too late"; which also sparked a pandemonium among his students and members of the fraternity. In addition to his sons, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones and George Harrison of The Beatles (who also studied under Ravi Shankar) have been some of his famous students. Read more on Last.fm.
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