Vilayat Khan

A commemorative postage stamp on Ustad Vilayat Khan, an Indian classical sitar player [a part of the seriesIndian Musicians‘] :

বিলায়েত খাঁ (उस्ताद विलायत ख़ाँ)Indian Classical Music ArtistsIssued by India

Issued on Sep 3, 2014

Issued for : There have been many maestros who have nurtured Indian classical music and have made its presence felt in the national and international arena. India Post is paying a tribute to such legendary maestros of Indian Classical Music by releasing a set of eight stamps on Indian Musicians.

Credits :
Stamp/Miniature Sheet
/Sheetlets/First Day Cover : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Nenu Gupta

Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 2500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.8 Million

Miniature Sheet : 0.4 Million

Sheetlets : 0.1 Million

Printing Process : Wet Offset

Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

Name : Vilayat Khan

Born on Aug 28, 1928 at Gouripur, Mymensingh district, East Bengal [now in Bangladesh]

Died on Mar 13, 2004 at Mumbai, India

About : 

  • Music has always been an important aspect of Indian life. Classical Music, which is based on ragas, has been the mainstay of the life of the people in the country. Its various forms have been used in movies, music albums, folk songs, etc.
  • Indian Classical Music is of two types – Hindustani and Carnatic music. Hindustani music is mainly found in North India. Khayal and Dhrupad are its two main forms. There is a significant amount of Persian influence in Hindustani music in terms of the instruments, style of presentation and ragas. There is also a rich tradition of Gharanas in classical Hindustani Music. Carnatic music, found mainly in South India, tends to be rhythmically intensive and structured when compared with Hindustani Music.
  • Vilayat Khan, was born on 28th August, 1928 in Gauripur, British India to Enayat Khan, a sitar maestro. He was one of the great pioneers of Indian classical music who introduced the music to the West along with Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan and others. He recorded his first 78-RPM disc at the age of 8, and gave his last concert in 2004 at the age of 75. Though he was awarded the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, he refused to accept it. He died on 13th March, 2004.
  • Text : Based on the material provided by Sangeet Natak Akademi and Internet.

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