The son and disciple of sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Shujaat Khan’s musical pedigree goes back seven generations. He started giving public performances at the age of six and has since developed a unique style of playing Indian classical music. He is also known for his powerful voice.
Among his memorable performances were those at the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Royce Hall in Los Angeles. His collaboration with the Ghazal Ensemble, an Indo-Persian venture, resulted in their album, Rain, being nominated for a Grammy in 2004. He made it to Amazon.com’s list of 100 greatest musicians of the world in August 2009.
What would you do if Superman paid you a visit?
Get his autograph.
The craziest rumour you’ve heard about yourself?
Shujaat is an intelligent genius!
If you were stranded on a desert island and could keep five things with you, what would you choose?
Cell phone, a bottle of water, sun-block cream, a book and my favourite cheeseburger.
The gadget you are lusting for?
The Apple iPad.
What or who drives you up the wall?
Your idea of a really boring evening?
To be all alone, without any friends or music, would definitely be very boring.
The turning point of your life?
I married Parveen.
You are sentimental about...
Your exercise routine?
I run from the bedroom to the dining table.
One household chore you would rather do yourself?
Complete this sentence: Breaking news is...
Shujaat and Angelina Jolie have the same plastic surgeon!
If you had to go to a fancy-dress party, what is the whackiest costume you would come up with?
Well, dressing up as a Playboy bunny would be just perfect.
If you could eat anything and never put on weght, what would you live on?
The one place you want to visit and why?
Venus! Need I explain why?
You have faith in?
The power of positive thinking.
One thing you love about your partner?
If you could go back in time, which period of history would you go back to?
The Mughal era, so I could live a life of luxury.
What drives you up the wall?
Ignorant as well as insensitive people who are least bothered about anybody’s feelings.