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May 19th 2017 at 7pm




Review by Jeffrey Starin




JANUARY 29, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 PM
The performance of northern Indian classical music depends considerably on the mood and inspiration of the artists and their rapport with the audience. Renowned sitar player Ikhlaq Hussain’s performance of this music is deeply spiritual and evokes the human soul’s yearning for the divine. Hussain will perform a selection of northern Indian classical ragas and talas in the gayaki style. He will be joined by Suryaksha Deshpande on tabla.
Presented with Harrice Miller Entertainment and community partner Sunny Thakkar

Ikhlaq Hussein in The Rubin Museum of Art
Live music on Wednesday January 21, 2015 at 7:00pm
Lincoln Center OutofDoors
Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Hearst Plaza
Heritage Sunday
Opening Doors: Celebrating Immigrant New York
Featuring Abdoulaye Diabaté and Super Manden, Boodoosingh Tassa Drummers, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Csűrdöngölő Folk Ensemble, and Ikhlaq Hussain
Saturday April 18. at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Greenwich House
46 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014
Ikhlaq Hussain in The Rubin Museum of Art
Sold out show at the Rubin Museum
Ikhlaq Hussain in The Rubin Museum of Art
Live music on Wednesday January 21, 2015 at 7:00pm
Artist-in-Residence 2014
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Sitar Recital with Ikhlaq Hussain and Hanif Khan at Summerhall Edinburgh,
UK in November 2013, Photos by John Need
February 8th Concert is Rescheduled to March 15th




December 21

Pure West
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Learn the Classical Six Sun Salutation Kriyas from Yogi Charu to live music of Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain followed by an hour of divine spirtual sounds from the Sitar.

About Yogi Charu:
Born in Belize, Central America, Yogi Charu is a globally sought-after yoga master. He was personally trained in the arts of kriya, yoga and tantric meditation by Anandakapila Saraswati in the lineage from Swami Satyananda Saraswati, founder of the prestigious Bihar School of Yoga. Yogi Charu augmented this formal training through regular studies with Yogi Vijaya in the remote caves high in the Himalayas where he lived the life of a traditional yogi. He is one of the few masters initiated in the 6 traditional Bengali Kriyas as well as in Angk Jotis (Vedic Numerology). In 1994 he was initiated into the Bhrama Madhva Guadiya Sampradaya (lineage) of bhakti-yoga.

About Ikhlaq Hussain:
Sitar maestro Ikhlaq Hussain is an accomplished sitarist with musical roots in the renowned Delhi Gharana (school) of Hindustani classical music. Trained by his father, Ustad Imdad Hussain, in Karachi, and later by the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar in India, Ikhlaq's expressive playing has enthralled audiences in India, Pakistan, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Ikhlaq''s deeply spiritual music is played in the "Gayaki" style, emulating the human voice and passionately conveying the human soul''s yearning for the divine. In addition to concert recitals, Ikhlaq Hussain is committed to preserving and disseminating his rich musical heritage through performances and teaching of Indian classical music. To learn more about Ikhlaq Hussain, please visit www.ragasitar.com


Concert Review:
Ikhlaq Huassain Live at the New York Insight Meditation Center

The New York Insight Meditation Center recently hosted a concert by sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain.  Hussain is a musician of the Dehli gaharana (whose lineage dates back to Hazrat Amir Khousro), who plays in Gaykali Ang, a style wherein the instrument takes on the expressive qualities of vocal music. He was taught by his father Ustad Imdad Khan, and by Pandit Ravi Shankar. He performed in US, Europe, Middle East, UK, Pakistan, & India.

The venue, known for its meditation classes, yoga, and musical performance, was well attended. Hussain is well known among the classical Indian music audience of New York. After a delay (due to tuning problems brought on by the effect the cold, damp weather had on his instrument – an occupational hazard for sitar players), he began the alap of “raag Bagheshri”. The Dehli gharana was clearly recognizable in his approach. Carefully and with great sensitivity, he unfolded the raga.  Hussain has an approach to sitar wherein he surrenders to the mood of the raga, rather than actively pursuing it. He is also noticeably careful to preserve the integrity of the raga.  His personality as a humble, yet serious man is evident in his presentation of a raga.
His technical mastery of the notoriously difficult sitar is evident even to the casual listener.  His sense of rhythm his meends, speed, and accuracy were all flawless. Hussain’s occasional use of his third finger is evident of his gharana lineage. Other gharanas reject this technique. His tans were inventive and flowed freely. At one point, while playing a particularly difficult and aggressive passage, at the moment he landed on the Sum (one), his string broke!  The timing was synchronistic, and perfect. He repaired his instrument quickly, and began playing with more aggression and authority; with an astonishing display of virtuosity. At first, the audience had been noisy and distracted during the break. Hussain came out swinging, and commanded the audience’s attention and respect.
Then Naren Budhkar joined him on tabla, playing in teental (16 beat) cycle / rhythm. The gat was presented as a traditional invocation that all raga performers employ. Budhkar was particularly inventive.  In his solos, he played some wonderful things, with delightful teehais. Very powerful technique. The jhalla began and propelled the listener into ecstasy. Hussain and Budhkar played at breakneck speed; and invoked the energy of “raga Bagheshri” to a fevered pitch.

After an intermission, they concluded with a fine exploration of the classic “Rag Des”. All in all, a fine performance. This is the third time I attended Hussain’s performances; and he never fails to deliver anything but the best.

Ikhlaq Hussain’s recordings are highly recommended. His CD, Perfume of God was recorded live at the Learn Quest Music Conference, in 2009. It features a passionate interpretation of “raga Madhuvanti “(a romantic late afternoon/early evening raga that the Hindustani borrowed from the Carnatic tradition) and “raga Megh” (a serious and profound raga, played during the rainy season that is one of the oldest known ragas).
Hussain’s recordings may be found on his website (http://ragasitar.com), and at his performances. All of which are highly recommended.

Faroz Khan (tabla) and Ikhlaq Hussain (sitar)





Alwan for the Arts
Musical Performance:

An evening of Indian Classical Sitar
Music with
Ikhlaq Hussain

Dibyarka Chatterjee


Saturday, January 29, 2011

8:00 pm

16 Beaver Street
(between Broad and Broadway), 4th floor,
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732-3261

Testimonial from student Winston Thomas
introduced his Ustadji
during the concert of January 29th 2011
at the Alwant for the Arts

"Thank you all for coming this evening, and for battling the leftover snow and frozen streets.

My very dear friend and teacher Ikhlaq Hussain or I usually call him "Ustadji" which is a term of respect used to address a teacher of great wisdom and knowledge. He asked me to address the audience tonight, and introduce him to all of you, and hopefully get you ready for his enchanting music.

I'm not one for giving great speeches but I couldn't pass up this opportunity to share a few words about this great man.

"I came to know Ustadji a year and an half ago, after many failed relationships with previous music teachers in the US. You see, it is very rare to find a music teacher wiling to pass on his knowledge to his students without caring about money first. Or at least that was my prior experience before finding Ustadji.

I remember going to India two years earlier disappointed and somewhat angry about spending so much time learning from very uncaring instructors that didn't feel investing in non-indian students worthwhile. So I immediately decided to go online and search for an available teacher in New York that would meet me and hopefully teach me the ways of Classical Indian music dating back thousands of years.

That's when I found Ikhlaq Hussain. Who was very nice over the phone and who invited me to come in for a chat and meeting session. My first impressions of him were very positive and warm as he didn't look down on me as a guy who knew less than him, but as a person searching for knowledge and hungry for music. He also offered me some tea and snacks as a cool way of breaking the ice and making me feel comfortable in his surroundings. And by the way, money was never brought up that first meeting, even for a second.

He noticed right away, how debilitated my playing was and how I couldn't even play two phrases of 16 notes in a row without suffering pain, makinga mistake, or going out of melody. For the next 2 months, we spent lots of time feeling sorry for me and my poorly learned techniques, extremely weak hands, and bad sense of melody structure. They became subjects of laughterfor both of us, but areas of motivation at the same time.

You see, I always thought I was a good musician until I met Ustadji. Indian Music requires a very different focus, discipline and dedication, and since I was never pushed so hard prior to meeting him, I just didn't know what being one with the music while playing it really was. So in the process, I learned to get rid of the ego and create good disciplined habits that will help me for the rest of my life. Studying Indian Music is a slow and painful process that results in heavenly inner wisdom which will last you a lifetime.

I can say today with pride and joy that I'm able to play an entire 45 minutes session without making a mistake or going out of melody all thanks to Ustadji's constant dedication to me. Our weekly sessions have become more than just music lessons, as we find ourselves sharing life stories, world problems, fashion trends and developments in technology.

If I had to describe my dear teacher to you, what would I say? Great human being. Devoted husband. Extremely honest and loving friend. Talented and caring teacher are not enough to describe Ikhlaq Hussain. His musical genius comes from a long lineage of great masters. I encourage all of you to google him afterwards and watch his performances, read his stories and judge for yourselves this great teacher and genius musician.

So without further ado, I'd like to introduce to you Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain and (table player's name)….."

Chhandayan Center for Indian Music

A Classical Sitar Concert

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Ikhlaq Hussain - sitar [bio www.ragasitar.com/bio.html] Dibyarka Chatterjee - tabla [bio www.dibyarka.com]

Saturday June 19th 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Chhandayan Center for Indian Music
(4 West 43rd Street, Suite 618
New York, NY 10036)

Admission : $20, $16 (students and seniors with valid ID)



harmoNYom"A Voice for AYITI"
Classical Indian Artists to Perform at HAITI Benefit Concert
New York, on March 8 2010 
 Organized by HarmoNYom in association with Drom  and WKCR 89.9 FM.

Indian Classical Music Maestros will join forces with African and Haitian artists
in an Incredible BENEFIT CONCERT
for Project Haiti and MADRE.

"A Voice for AYITI" will feature:
Pandit Ramesh Misra on sarangi, Carnatic violinist Arun Ramamurthy, sitarist Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain, Nitin Mitta on tabla, and A.R. Balaskandan on mridangam, as well as singers James Ruff & Rene Collins, percussionists Tiga Jean-Baptiste & Tchaka, Source w/African guitar player-vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate, Zing Experience and kora player Yacouba Sissoko.
Noted actress and comedienne Hazelle Goodman hosts the evening's events
and DJ Kamala will spin for the after party.
 WKCR's DJ David Ellenbogen will provide Afro/Caribbean music.
The concert will be on Monday March 8,
From 6pm to Midnight
at Drom, 85 Avenue A (Between 5/6 Street) New York, NY 10009
 $20 minimum donation at the door.
100% of the proceeds will go to the two charity organizations.
For more details: Veronique@harmonyom.org

fmhMagyar Védák az FMH-ban

Magyar elõadókkal tarkított egyedülálló indiai estnek ad otthont 25-én csütörtökön a Fõvárosi Mûvelõdési Ház. Gulyás Ildikó, Szalai Péter és Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain Khan koncertjének címe:

"A hindu templomoktól a mogul udvarokig".

R. M. D.| NOL| 2010. február 25. http://nol.hu/kult/magyar_vedak_az_fmh-ban

Az est elsõ felében Gulyás Ildikó bharatanatyam táncát láthatjuk. Ez India egyik legrégibb klasszikus táncformája. Szimbolikus mozdulatokkal, kézgesztusokkal, lépéssekkel és precíz fejmozgásokkal meséli el a Védák történetét. Oly báj és kecsesség szükségeltetik hozzá, hogy csak nõk táncolhatják. Gulyás Ildikó évekig a madraszi Zeneakadémián tanulta a bharatanatyam mesterségét, emellett klasszikus ének és ütõhangszeres szakon is végzett.

Az est következõ részében a híres pakisztáni-amerikai szitármûvészt, Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain Khant hallgathatjuk, aki õsi zenész dinasztia tagja. A család előadóművészeinek szerzeményei évszázadokon át szálltak apáról fiúra, és a mai napig a hindosztáni klasszikus zene alapját képezik. Ikhlaq Hussain Khan a világ minden táján ad koncerteket, emellett New Yorkban tanítja a szitár művészetét. Őt egy ősi ütős hangszeren, a tablán Szalai Péter kíséri, aki egyébként véletlenül Ikhlaq unokabátyjától, Ustad Munnu Khantól kezdett tanulni, még húsz évvel ezelõtt Új-Delhiben. Szalai Péter rendszeres vendége az indiai zenei fesztiváloknak. Amellett, hogy a Calcutta Trió tagjaként 1980 óta több ezer koncertet adott, neves indiai zenészekkel muzsikált Európában a '90-es években. Játékát különbözõ jazz formációkban is hallhattuk.
Az est folyamán az elõadók zenével-tánccal vezetik végig a hallgatókat a több ezer éves indiai kultúrán.

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Ikhlaq's Tour to Budapest (Hungary) in Millenaris Teatrum with Peter Szalai Tabla player:



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Night Colours Sorozat
Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain Khan szitárkoncertje (USA/PAK)

[2009. november 10., kedd, 20.00] Teátrum

Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain Khan – a virtuóz játékáról ismert szitárművész – az évszázadokra visszavezethető Delhi Gharana zenészdinasztia New Yorkban élő tagja. Játékának művészi érzékenysége, rendkívüli technikai felkészültsége méltó a zenészdinasztia hírnevéhez.

A 13. századig visszavezethető család megalapítójához, a szúfi Saint Hazrat Amir Khusraóhoz kötődik az első szitár és tabla hangszerek megalkotása. A család tabla-előadóművészeinek szerzeményei évszázadokon át szálltak apáról fiúra – és a mai napig változatlan formában képezik a hindusztáni klasszikus zene alapjait. Ikhlaq és Szalai Péter az interneten keresztül ismerték meg egymást, hamar rájöttek, hogy Peter tablatanára Újdelhiben Ikhlaq unokanagybátyja, Ustad Munnu Khan volt.

Szalai Péter 16 évesen kezdett hivatásszerűen foglalkozni az indiai klasszikus zenével, Kurtág György ösztönzésére a legnépszerűbb ütőhangszert, a tablát választva hangszeréül. Kezdetben a Delhi Gharana két kimagasló képviselőjétől, Anthony Dass-tól és Ustad Munnu Khantól tanult, később a világhírű Ustad Alla Rakha fogadta tanítványává. 1987 óta különleges mester-tanítvány kapcsolatban van Pandit Ravi Shankarral, akit nem csak a zene területén tekint Gurujának. Napjainkban kimagasló tehetségű muzsikusként van jelen a világ zenei palettáján, aki szigorúan követi a Punjab Gharana hagyományait.

A program a következő hindusztáni klasszikus zenei darabokból áll:
Raag Bageshree
Raag Kirwani