Ustad Rais Khan




This highly acclaimed practitioner of Hindustani Classical music was equally at home as a sitar player in the recording studios. The lyrical style of his, popularly known as the 'gayaki ang' in the tradition of the famous Etawah Gharana of Sitar, has adorned many a timeless film song. He was not only a favourite of the great melodious composers like Madan Mohan, Jaidev but also the prolific box office greats like Shankar Jaikishan, O P Nayyar & Laxmikant Pyarelal.

Born in Indore, brought up in Bhopal, he completed his higher education in Mumbai. While his 'taaleem' in sitar was of the highest order from the famous 'gharana' that he was part of, he is also one of the few classical artists who did not shun or ridicule the challenge of playing 'set-pieces' in film music. He quotes: "Everyone says classical music is up there, I say film music of those years was right next to it"

It is this open-minded attitude that has given us, fortunate listeners, many golden nuggets in preludes & interludes of our film music.

The Ustad moved to Pakistan in 1986 & is staying there ever since. He, however performs regularly all across the globe, including India.