Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain

30 May 2021



The performance of North Indian classical music depends considerably on the mood and the inspiration of the artists and their rapport with the audience. Renowned sitar player Ikhlaq Hussain will perform a selection of North Indian classical ragas and talas in the “Gayaki” style.


Ikhlaq’s deeply spiritual music emulates the human voice and passionately conveys the human

soul’s yearning for the divine.




Ikhlaq Hussain is committed to preserving and disseminating his rich musical heritage through


concerts, performances and teaching.




Maestro Ikhlaq Hussain is a sitar virtuoso from a centuries-long line of influential musicians of the

Delhi Gharana school, dating back to the early 13th century and including his father and teacher,

the late Ustad Imdad Hussain. He also studied with the legendary sitar master Pandit Ravi Shankar

in Delhi, India. Hussain plays in the Gayaki Ang style, reproducing the nuance of the human voice,

perhaps the most difficult form of playing the sitar.


He was an Artist in Residence at Shangri La, Hawai’i (DDFIA) in 2014. In 2015 Hussain performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and in 2016, at the Storm King Art Center as part of the Masters of Indian Music series presented by the World Music Institute. He had three sold out shows at the Rubin Museum of Art in the past three years. Ikhlaq was invited to pay tribute to his Guruji Pandit Ravi Shankar and performed at the Maverick Concert Hall in August 2019 with Steve Gorn and Samir Chatterjee. Ikhlaq Hussain’s personal mission is to preserve and disseminate his rich musical heritage through concerts, performances, and teaching.

Famed oncologist and author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee has said, "Ikhlaq Hussain seems to have music in his genes, in his DNA and he uses it as a magical, mystical form of communication with his audience."