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Sabir Sultan Khan


Sabir Sultan Khan (sarangi) is an Indian sarangi player and the son of legendary sarangi player and vocalist Padma Bhushan Ustad Sultan Khan. He belongs to the Sikar gharana (school) of music, which has given several stalwarts to Indian classical music.

Khan was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Exposed to music when he was six years old through his grandfather, Ustad Gulab Khan, he trained under his father, grandfather, and his uncle Ustad Nasir Khan. He is the Tenth generation of his family to take up sarangi. Khan’s great-grandfather Ustad Azim Khan Sahab was a court musician at Sikar, Rajasthan.

Khan is known today as a master of sarangi. His playing technique is a rare combination of sur and laya (note and rhythm).

Khan has performed with his father in concert and also as a soloist. He has appeared alongside artists such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Rashid Khan, Gazal maestro Ustad Gulam Ali, Lata Mangeshkar, and Asha Bhosle.

He has played in feature films including Laal Singh Chadda, Dangal, Badlapur, Rog, Dor, Sanwariya, Jodha Akbar, and was part of A.R. Rehman and Shreya Ghosal’s episode for MTV Unplugged. He also composed songs for movies like The Dark Side of Life, Mumbai City, Direct Ishq, and Ghustakia Single for Zee Music.

Khan has recently created his new record label, SSB Records, which works with talented artists as well as celebrity singers including Salim-Sulaiman, Yasser Desai, Madhur Sharma, and Pawandeep Rajan.