Remembering Ustad Sultan Khan on his birth anniversary!

The legendary Indian sarangi player and classical singer, Ustad Sultan Khan was born today on April 15. He started performing at the age of 11, and later he collaborated at the international level with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, on George Harrison's 1974 Dark Horse World Tour. That is amazing, right?

Khan is the voice behind hits like Piya basanti re, Leja leja and Albela sajan aayo re. He was initially tutored by his father, Ustad Gulab Khan. Later, he trained under Ustad Amir Khan, a classical vocalist of Indore Gharana (school).

He worked with musicians from the Hindi film industry, such as Lata Mangeshkar, Khayyam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. And, apart from Hindi cinema, he also collaborated with International musicians including Ornette Coleman, George Harrison and Duran Duran. Khan won India's highest civilian honours, Padma Bhushan and he also won numerous musical awards including the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, the Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra and the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998. 

We have to say that he was a gem and his music too is wondrous and still alive at music lovers hearts. His son, Sabir is also a well-known sarangi player. On the birth anniversary, we at SoundboxIndia list five popular songs of the talented musician, Ustad Sultan Khan. Check it out! 

  • Piya basanti
    Singer: K. S. Chithra and Ustad Sultan Khan
    Music Director: Sandesh Shandilya
    Lyrics: Khilesh Sharma
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  • Leja leja
    Singer: Shreya Ghosal, Ustad Sultan Khan, Salim Merchant
    Music Director: Sandesh Shandilya
    Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

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  • Albela sajan
    Singer: Ustad Sultan Khan, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Shankar Mahadevan
    Movie:Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
    Music Director: Ismail Darbar
    Lyrics: Mehboob

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  • Aao milo chalo
    Singer: Shaan, Ustad Sultan Khan
    Movie: Jab We Met
    Music Director: Pritam
    Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

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  •  Piya
    Singer: Shreya Ghoshal, Kunal Ganjawala and Ustad Sultan Khan
    Movie: Big Brother
    Music Director: Sandesh Shandilya
    Lyrics: Anil Pandey

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