The youngest son of Salamat Ali Khan, Pride of Performance, Shafqat Ali Khan is a master of the Ghazal tradition of Indian classical music. Performing from the age of seven, when he appeared at the Lahore Music Festival, Khan has continued to attract attention with his soulful singing.
Describing a performance by Khan, The New York Times wrote, “exuberant complications, in which melodic gestures join hand waving and synchronized finger-pointing to form an eloquent symbiosis.” Khan has received numerous awards including the Amir Khusro Award, as “best classical singer”, in 1986, a gold medal from Fairslabad University in 1987 and a Ghande Award from New Delhi University in 1995. Khan performed at the Folklife Festival of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. in 1988 and 1996. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide.
His family represents a 500 year lineage of musicians of the Shamcharasi Gharana, descendants of two famed court musicians to the artistically-devoted Akbar the Great: Chand Khan and Suraj Khan.
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