Goerge Hamad

 

Goerge Hamad

Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain Khan is a virtuoso sitarist from a centuries-long line of influential musicians of the Delhi Gharana, dating back to the very creator of the instruments 'sitar' and 'tabla' in the early 13th century, Sufi Saint Hazrat Amir Khusrao. Ikhlaq plays in the Gayaki Ang (or vocal manner of playing). It is perhaps the most difficult form of playing the sitar. It involves 'sytematic use of pitch deflecting technique, where by pulling the strings across the frets and varying their tension, the player can produce intricate melodie phrases from a single stroke of the plectrum. Thus, emulating the human voice to a degree normally unattainable on plucked instruments'. khlaq Hussain gave his first performance at age 14, in Karachi, and has been traveling the world performing ever since. He has played throughout Pakistan and the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, the U.K., and throughout the U.S.; including Peace Concerts (NY and Boston), the Rubin Museum of Art, The Arch in NYC, M.I.T. in Boston, University of Portland and North Pacific Art College,the Indian Consulate in NY, the Pakistan Consulates in NYC and Washington D.C. Ikhlaq Hussain has also been featured in broadcasts for Radio Pakistan of Karachi and Pakistan National Television.