Non-conformist of the Etawah gharana - DEEPAK S. RAJA
Shahid Parvez is amongst the front-ranking sitarists of the younger generation. He is a scion of the Imdad Khan/ Etawah gharana (stylistic lineage) of sitar and surbahar music, whose most distinguished torchbearer in recent years has been the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan (1927-2004). Shahid (born: 1958) occupies the top grade as an empanelled artist on All India Radio. He has released over 60 titles in the pre-recorded music market, and enjoys a substantial following in the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Arabian Gulf, and East Africa.
Shahid received early training from his father, Aziz Khan (died: 1973) and uncle Hafeez Khan (died: 1970), both grandsons of the gharana fountainhead, Ustad Imdad Khan. From the age of 15, Shahid has been a self-taught musician. His evolution has been inspired partly by his uncle, Vilayat Khan's vocalised idiom and, in the other part, by the contemporary search of instrumental music for a language liberated from the traditional reference points in vocalism, as well as the music of the rudra veena. The two seemingly divergent directions appear to cohabit comfortably within Shahid's music. Their integration is the product of exceptional talent having had to tutor itself through a vast generation gap. Thus, you have Shahid Parvez, now creating a distinctive niche for himself in the Etawah stylistic space.
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