Virtuoso sitar and surbahar player. Born 17 November 1935, younger brother of sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan
and father of Irshad Khan
, Nishat Khan
, Shafaatullah Khan
and Wajahat Khan
. Imrat Khan
was born in Calcutta into a family of musicians tracing its pedigree back for several generations, to the court musicians of the Mughal rulers. His father was Enayat Khan
(1895–1938), recognised as a leading sitar and surbahar player of his time, as had been his grandfather, Imdad Khan (1848–1920), before him. His great-grandfather, Ustad Sahebdad Khan, is generally attributed to be the developer of the surbahar, sometimes referred to as the bass sitar, although recent research shows that Lucknow-based sitarist Ustad Ghulam Mohammed may have been the inventor.
Great exponent of his family style, known as the Imdad Khani gharana (school), or Etawah Gharana, after a village outside Agra where Imdad Khan lived.
Imrat Khan (born 17 November 1935 - died 22 November 2018) was an Indian sitar and surbahar player and composer. He was the younger brother of sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan.