Padma Bhushan awardee Ustad Sabri Khan was a critically acclaimed sarangi player. He made great contribution to the field of music in India. Ustad Sabri Khan popularised the art of Sarangi, playing across the globe, elevating the status and respect of his instrument. Resident of Moradabad, in Uttar Pradesh he won number of awards during his lifetime including prestigious Padma Awards by the President of India.
Born on May 21, 1927 in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh Sabri Khan came from the Sainia Gharana which had links back to the Mughal era musician Mian Tansen. He learnt the instrument from his grandfather, Ustad Haji Mohammed Khan and his father Ustad Chajju Khan. Both were accomplished Sarangi exponents of their time. With constant practise and guidance he attained mastery over this ancient and difficult instrument from his uncle Ustad Laddan Khan of Rampur. He elevated the position of sarangi and generated his own style where the purity of raga, variety of tans, layakari, (rhythmic oscillations) alaap-jor are obvious and of course of the traditional form of sarangi-playing in its total originality. Survivied by 4 sons and 5 Daughters he was held in high esteem amongst audiences for his melodic instrumental music.
Sabri Khan during his life time toured extensively across the world. He popularised his less known musical instrument Sarangi to American and European audiences. He also played a duet with the renowned Yehudi Menuhin and was invited to be a visiting professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He performed in numerous countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Japan, USSR, Russia, USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Mexico.
Honours and Awards
Due to his valuable contribution to the Classical Music of India Ustad Sabri Khan received number of awards during his lifetime.
Sahitya Kala Parishad Award
Shobhna Kala Sangam Award – 1985
Begum Akhtar Award
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – 1986
Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Luchnow, UP – 1990
Padma Shree Award by the President of India, Government of India – 1992
Ustad Chand Khan Award – 2002
Sangeet Bhushan Award – 2002
Lifetime Achievement Award – LEGENDS OF INDIA – DMA – Delhi – 2003
National Artist Award – All India Radio Prasar Bharti Award – 2004
Padma Bhushan Award by the President of India, Government of India – 2006
Tagore Ratna Award by Governor of Bengal-2012
Khan received several national awards, including the Padma Shri in 1992 and the Padma Bhushan in 2006.
Ustad Sabri Khan passed away on December 1 following a brief illness. The sarangi maestro was 88. His death was a big loss to the world of classical music in India.
President Pranab Mukherjee: “Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of eminent Sarangi player Ustad Sabri Khan”
“Ustad Sabri Khan’s sad demise has left a huge void in the field of music which will be difficult to fill”
“In his death, the nation has lost an artiste of exceptional ability”
Children: Sarwar Sabri, Jamal Sarwar Sabri, Kamal Sabri and Gulfam Sabri
Grandsons: Suhail Yusuf Khan, Faisal, Shariq, Junaid and Nabeel
(FAN OF Mr. SABRI KHAN)
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