Ustad Vilayat Khan

In the world of the Indian classical music, Ustad Vilayat Khan occupies a pre-eminent place. There are few to equal him in his mastery and creativity on the sitar, and his music has made him a living legend. Born in a family of outstanding musicians that trace their roots to the 16th century, Khansahib learned from his father Ustad Inayat Khan. Ustad Vilayat Khan's greatest contribution to Indian music is introduction of "Gayaki Ang" or the adaptation of vocal music into in instrumental style, which can be described as lyrical and poetic rather than flashy. He is also known for many film compositions.