Sitarist Asad Khan might hail from a family of musicians, but it’s not surprising that the Indian classical artiste looks up to contemporary composer-virtuoso AR Rahman for inspiration. Khan, who belongs to Mewati Gharana, recently performed at the Indo-German Mela in the city. He has been working closely with Rahman for the last few years and owes his experiments with Indian classical and western genres such as jazz, flamenco, rock and classical to Rahman. He says, “When I met Rahman, I was inspired by the way he would explore different styles and genres of music and create his own identity. That’s when I knew I wanted to venture into this.”
Talking about playing the sitar, Khan says, “I have a very strong connection with my sitar. Since my childhood, I have been highly interested in the way it functions. And I come from a family of sitar players.”
He adds, “The sitar is a unique instrument as it has the longest finger board.”
Apart from Rahman, Asad has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Herbie Hancock, India Arie, Ann Marie Calhoun, Barry Manilow, Colbie Caillat and Jamiroquai. He has also performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. “It’s a big privilege for me that I’ve worked with them all. There’s so much you learn from each one of them,” he says.