Ustad Chhote Rahimat Khan

His entrancing lyricism and his brilliant technique make him one of the few musicians who plays his instrument authentically. Thanks to him, the classical music of Northern India remains genuine


La musique commence là où les mots font défauts .Sa puissance réside dans la région de l’inexprimable. Elle dit ce que les paroles ne sauraient dire. Tagore

Ustad Chotte Rahimat Khan is an outstanding sitarist (born in 1959). He comes from a family of 12 children: 3 girls and 9 boys; 7 of them (himself included) are very popular sitarists in India and in Europe. He has been taught by his father Abdul Karim Khan, worthy representative of gharana of Gwalior,and has also benefited from his grandfather's influence, Ratna Rahimat Khan (born in 1863) who was a famous musician. Ratna Rahimat Khan was a Bîn and Sitar player ; he combined Khyâl instrumental style with Dhrupad instrumental style. This legacy gives Hustad Chhote Rahimat Khan this unique colour of his.











La musique est partout . Elle n'est pas enfermée dans les livres. Elle est dans les bois, dans les rivières et dans l'air.Claude Debussy

He belongs to the seventh generation of musicians and the eighth is a promising one: his daughter Raushni Khan, 15, has been practising since she was very young and began playing in India festivals when she was 13 years old. His son Mansoor Khan, 8, sings and has started practising the Sitar.

Hustad Chhote Rahimat Khan has been a teacher at Kala Academy in Goa for several years and gives public performances in numerous festivals in India and in Europe.

The 2003 and 2004 tours have been a real success.




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