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USTAD KADAR KHAN

Ustad (literally "master") Kadar Khan was born in Rajasthan, India into a family of professional musicians. His ancestors, for generations, served as royal court musicians for the rulers of India. Kadar Khan began his musical training at age seven under the strict tutelage of his father and guru, Ustad Reheman Khan. It was Ustad Reheman Khan who passed on to Kadar Khan the four traditional styles of tabla playing: the Delhi, Ajarada, Lucknow, and Farukhabad gharanas, or "schools".

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PANDIT MANI PRASAD

Ustad Pandit Mani Prasad is a leading vocal exponent of Hindustani classical music, and is widely recognized as a pre-eminent representative of the Kirana gharana.
Panditji was raised in an atmosphere of Hindustani classical music and started his Sangeet Sadhana (devotion to music) in early childhood, receiving training from his father Pandit Sukhdev Prasad, and his grandfather Pandit Shakti Lal, both of whom were noted for their musical purity. He was later guided by his uncles Pandit Shankar Lal, and Pandit Gopal Prasad. more...

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Bina Kalavant

Bina Kalavant, a sitarist and staff member at the Kalavant Center for Music and Dance, began her music and dance studies at age four at the Shreyes Foundation, a progressive, experimental school in Ahmedabad, India. She is trained in the Manpuri and Kathak dance traditions, and later extensively studied sitar under such distinguished teachers as Ustad Ghulam Rasool Khan, and Shri Sukhrajsinh Jhala.
From 1982 to 1990, she served as a director for the Naad Niket Musical Academy in Ahmedabad where she also taught sitar and music theory.
Bina has given professional performances and assisted in lecture/demonstrations for the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, City Lore of New York, New Jersey State University, William Patterson University of New Jersey, University of Connecticut at Hartford and the Cooper Union Adult Education series. She also conducted Indian music ensemble classes at New York University for post-graduate ethnomusicology students.
She has also given performances at The Town Hall, Symphony Space, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and has given many short recitals at various institutions, such as Third Street Music School, Yale Center for British Art, Downtown Music at Grace and Jamaica Arts Center.
Besides being a mother, Bina manages a busy schedule regularly conducting sitar workshops and giving sitar instruction on an individual basis. She has successfully nurtured many of her students into becoming accomplished performers of Indian classical music.


JAVED KHAN

Javed Khan is a sitarist and both a staff member of Naad Niket Musical Academy in Ahmedabad, India, and Kalavant Center for Music and Dance in New York. He has been playing sitar for 10 years, and received his training from Shri Sukhrajsinh Jhala.
Born into a family of distinguished musicians, whose ancestors were renowned master musicians for the princely courts of Northern India, Javed Khan is now carrying on this family tradition of music. His grandfather, Ustad Raheman Khan, a master of tabla drumming, made great musical innovations to an already rich tradition of music, and not only established himself as the foremost tabla player in the state of Gujarat, India, but is renowned throughout India. With such musical greatness in his family, Javed Khan naturally gravitated to pursuing music as his profession.
During his present visit to the US he gave his debut performance at Symphony Space in New York. He has also performed for the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, and New Jersey State University.


Imran Khan

Imran Khan, a tabla artist and instructor for Kalavant Center for Music and Dance in New York, began his musical training at age 4 with his grandfather and guru, Ustad Raheman Khan. For the last 9 years he has also trained intensively under his uncle, Ustad Kadar Khan.
He has performed for All India Radio and in various music festivals accompanying many of India's greatest vocalists and instrumentalists. Imran Khan has given lecture/demonstrations at New York University, Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, and New Jersey State University and has performed with leading musicians at Symphony Space and The Town Hall in New York City. He was recently featured on a SigmaClassics recording with the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble, entitled "Scenes of Spirits".
Imran Khan's speed, control, and clarity on the tabla make him one of his generations most accomplished performers, equally at ease playing tabla solos, and accompaniment with sitar and vocal.


Zakir Khan

Zakir Khan comes from a long line of exceptional musicians. He began his training at the age of 8 from his grandfather, Ustad Raheman Khan, and later with his father, Late Ayub Khan. Today, he continues to train with his uncle, Ustad Kadar Khan while also teaching at the Kalavant Center for Music and Dance as well as Bollywood Performing Arts. Zakir has also assisted in lectures, demonstrations, and performances, for the New York Board of Education, the Jamaica Arts Center, the New York Public Libraries, Bloomsburg University, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, Hunter College, and Columbia University. His soft and delicate style coupled with the precision, clarity, and consistency of tabla playing embodies the true virtuosity of a talented musician.


Abid Hussain

Music Language CoordinatorInstructor Modern Indian Language After obtaining a Master of Arts in Hindi from Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer, India, Abid Hussain joined the hindi daily newspaper, In-Dino in Delhi, India as a journalist. Presently he works for Kalavant Center in NY and PA in its productions, helping musicians and students for their language needs in HindiSanskirt, by improving their diction, and explaining the meaning of the words in context of the Indian culture, and tradition.

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