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Nishat Khan Sitar Performance

February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  |  Music Center Recital Hall – UCSC


A performance of Indian Classical Music with Nishat Khan (sitar) and Nitin Mitta (tabla)

Ustad Nishat Khan is one of India’s finest musicians and a virtuoso sitar player, transcending musical barriers with his provocative expression and spellbinding technical mastery. Nishat stands at the threshold of the future of sitar and Indian music with his uniquely invigorating and contemporary approach. He is the son and disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan, the nephew of the late Ustad Vilayat Khan and a member of one of the oldest and most prestigious musical families and schools in India – the Imdadkani Ganara of Etawah. Nishat draws on his own musical heritage that is the North Indian classical idiom as well as engages in other genres as diverse as Western classical music, jazz, Flamenco and Gregorian chant. He has worked with other major performers and composers such as John McLaughlin, Philip Glass, Paco Peña and Evelyn Glennie among many others.

Nitin Mitta is one of the most sought-after tabla players of his generation. He has performed with many of the top-notch Indian Classical Musicians worldwide. He has also collaborated with Grammy-nominated pianist Vijay Iyer and Carnatic electric guitarist R. Prasanna to produce their album titled Tirtha. Nitin’s gurus, Pandit G.Satyanarayana and Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar, were disciples of Ustad Amir Hussain Khan, the legendary doyen of the Farukhabad Gharana of Tabla. Nitin has been mentoring many young tabla enthusiasts and also teaches Tabla at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Nitin has performed at the Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, at Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


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  • Doors scheduled to open 30 minutes prior to event start time


  • Lot 126 is the closest parking lot to the event
  • Parking is by UCSC permit, Park Mobile, or pay $5 cash/credit to the on-site parking attendant in Lot 126
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Presented by the Music Department and co-sponsored by the UCSC Center for South Asian Studies.


February 17
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Music Center Recital Hall – UCSC
402 McHenry Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Center for South Asian Studies
Music Department


Performing Arts: Lot 126