This was a big achievement of my life and a great opportunity for me to live and promote Indian music especially Hindustani music (for example tabla, harmonium, Hindustani vocal and especially sitar). I can never erase or forget the memories I created through my journey into music in Singapore.” "Within 16 years, I received a lot of chances to perform in front of Singapore ministers, played for ballet performances and performed solo sitar recital in prestigious events organized at SLF Auditorium, Drama Centre, World Trade Centre, Suntec City, Television Corporation of Singapore, Singapore Radio Station, Arts Festival organized by Singapore National Arts Council and at the Istana (Singapore Presidential House)." "8 years ago, I remembered that Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan asked me how many instruments I know. So, I told him that I can play sitar, surbahar, flute, tabla and veena. Immediately, he quoted a title for me that was “You are a one-man orchestra!” Till today, this sentence spoken by DPM Tony Tan is still etched in my mind." Today, Ustad Sharafat Khan is not only considered a world-class interpreter of Hindustani music in Singapore and in his native India but also recognized as one of Singapore's leading exponents of Hindustani Music.
He performs extensively in Singapore, Canada, America and India. His many studio recordings are captured on video compact discs, music compact discs and audio-cassettes. In addition, he is an author of several music books. Ustad Sharafat Khan gives lectures and musical instructions to students at the country's two leading university i.e. The National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
In January 1998, Ustad Sharafat Khan founded the Indian Classical Music Centre, Singapore, of which he is the Founder Director. As a sitarist who was trained by a distinguished lineage of sarod players, Ustad Sharafat’s performances reflect his command of a great range of musical expression that comes from synthesizing the styles of these two instruments. He has received numerous commendations for his performances and his contributions to teaching North Indian music. Besides performing in the traditional style of North Indian Classical music, Ustad Sharafat Khan have also initiated new multicultural combinations of Indian sitar and tabla drum with Chinese Erhu, Guzheng and Malay Kampung. While maintaining a professional music career, Sharafat Khan never forgets his first commitment to his teachers and his musical tradition. "Indian music is living music," he says. "It is so beautiful, alive, adaptable, yet resilient.
Although Indian music has changed much to adapt to the times, it still retains its originality and traditions." These sentiments find their truest expression in his authentic and creative musical artistry. In 1997, Ustad Sharafat Khan completed a very successful tour to Canada performing with South Indian violinist Thanathevy Mitratheva, who is Founder and Artistic Director of the Shruti Laya Fine Arts Academy based in Toronto, Canada. Through his performing, teaching and writing, Ustad Sharafat Khan continues to honour the spirit of the great musical tradition of which he is a part of. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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