Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan’s Raag Bhimpalasi

Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2:00pm

FREE! RSVP required for access to virtual event.

“Ustad Shahid Parvez was at his melodious best…with harmonised phrases of intertwined melody and intricate rhythmic patterns.”
—The Hindu (India)

World-renowned sitar virtuoso Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan belongs to the seventh generation of an influential musical lineage. His playing focuses on exploring and expanding the possibilities of the melodic framework for improvisation in Indian classical music, or raag, often to mind-blowing effect. The rasa (mood) of his presentation of the raag Bhimpalasi seamlessly melds afternoon serenity, the fire of a glowing sunset, and awe of the approaching night.

The pre-recorded concert with accompaniment by Sri Subhajyoti Guha on tabla will be followed by a live discussion and Q&A with the artist moderated by sarangi (bowed string instrument) player and vocalist and Wesleyan graduate student Suhail Yusuf.

This event is part of the 45th annual Navaratri Festival. Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance, and seek blessings for new endeavors. Wesleyan’s 45th annual festival celebrates the diversity of Indian music and dance. For more information and a full listing of events, please visit

Presented by the Center for the Arts, Music Department, and Dance Department, with leadership support from the Madhu Reddy Endowed Fund for Indian Music and Dance at Wesleyan University, and additional support from the Jon B. Higgins Memorial Fund.