“Riyaaz or sadhana which often starts early in the morning, is taken seriously by students for it requires intensity, discipline and commitment for years and forms an important component in the Guru - Shishya parampara (teacher-student tradition).”
Becoming a shagird is no easy journey. This past shibir, 3 SPK Academy students, with Ustadji's blessings decided to take this road.
Growing up, Jay remembers his mother playing Carole King and Barbara Streisand albums during the day and his father putting on Charlie Parker, George Shearing and Jimmy Smith records at night. “I loved it all,”
I was introduced to Hindustani classical music and briefly learned vocal music, very early in my life. Thanks to my mother, I was exposed to musical performances by the great maestros of the 50s and 60s...
This album is about inspiration - something Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan finds not only in an uncompromising dedication to his own music, but also in the example of the beloved past masters Ustad Amir Khan, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Ustad Vilayat Khan.
Our new segment for the blog this year is SPK Academy’s Featured Student. We will be choosing 4 – 6 students each year to feature as part of this segment.
These students will have shown exceptional dedication to their music and incredible improvement in their technical ability with the sitar during their time with us. They will also exemplify the qualities that our academy stands for and wish to foster as we continue to build our musical community.
SPK Academy hopes you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday and are set for a New Year filled with music! To make the most of what the Academy’s offerings be sure and check our Learning Sessions page often as we plan to update it regularly throughout the coming year. The Academy’s New Year got off to a great start over MLK day weekend, hosting the first shibir of 2015 in Phoenix. As always, students traveled from every corner of the United States and Canada to attend.
Filled with romance and beauty, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan's brand new CD, Evening Romance embodies the essence of love. Accompanied by the very talented Shri Hindole Majumdar, this CD contains 4 warmhearted raags - Gorakh Kalyan, Kafi, Des and Tilak Kamod.
The recently completed Legends of India tour was the SPK Academy's first coast-to-coast tour showcasing the very finest Indian Classical Music has to offer. The tour was an all-around success with each performance unique in its own way and profoundly satisfying to the audience and artists alike.
When Sitar Maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and tabla Maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee performed together at the historic Paine Hall at Harvard University in September, their recital was mesmerizing, leaving the audience raptured in a total wow. What made the show inimitable was the on-stage chemistry of the two artists. The following day, Ustad Parvez Khan sat down with Chai With Manju for an exclusive interview during which he talked about his life, music and memories.