Ustad Vilayat Khan (1928 – 2004) was an Indian classical sitar player. Along with Imdad Khan, Enayat Khan, and Imrat Khan, he is credited with the creation and development of gayaki ang (an attempt to mimic the sound of the human voice) on the sitar. He recorded his first 78-RPM disc at the age of 6, and gave his last concert in 2004 at the age of 75. He composed music for only one film Kadambari. This photograph of Ustad Vilayat Khan performing was shot by Indian Photographer Abul Kalam Azad in the year 1992.

The Maestro, Ustad Vilayat Khan

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  • Abul Kalam Azad is an Indian visual artist and photographer based in Kerala. His works are largely personal explorations and documentation of experiences, and memories of his native land, people, and their culture. They deal with issues of identity, ethics, micro/macro history, and eroticism. His works have exhibited Nationally/Internationally in reputed museums and galleries. He has received Charles Wallace Award in the year 1996 and recognized by the French government through a scholarship grant. He is a recipient of grants from the Government of India and India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). He is the founder of Ekalokam Trust for Photography and Editor-in-chief of PhotoMail Online magazine.