Vilayat Khan

Ustad Vilayat Khan (28 August 1928 – 13 March 2004), commonly known as Vilayat Khan, was an Indian classical sitar player. Ustād (abbreviated as Ust., Ut. or Ud.; from Persian استاد) is an honorific title for a man used in the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia. It is used in various languages of the Muslim World, including Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Pashto, Turkish, Indonesian, Malay and Kurdish. Along with Imdad Khan, Enayat Khan, and Imrat Khan, he is credited with the creation and development of gayaki ang (an attempt to mimic vocal music) on the sitar. He recorded his first 78-RPM disc at the age of 8, and gave his last concert in 2004 at the age of 75.

Links to Peel

During the late 60's, classical Indian music started to gain popularity in the west, especially amongst the hippie movement, which Peel was a follower off. George Harrison use of Indian classical music used on some Beatles tracks were later copied by other artists. Peel responded with the trend by playing many classical Indian tracks, including those from Ravi Shankar and Vilayat & Imrat Khan. He even had Imrat and his brother Vilayat to do sessions for his show. Peel saw Ustad Vilayat Khan perform at the Odeon, Swiss Cottage on 28th July 1968 after that day's Top Gear. By the early 70's, classical Indian music was going out of fashion in the west and Peel rarely played much of the material, that he used to espouse in the late 60's.


1. Recorded: 1968-08-02. Broadcast: 01 September 1968

  • Shankara / Snudh Malu

Other Shows Played

Ustad Vilayat Khan -Raga Yaman

Ustad Vilayat Khan -Raga Yaman

  • 24 July 1968: Raga Yaman (part of part 3) (LP - Music From India Series No.7) EMI
  • 18 May 1969: Concert in the Haunted Palace (LP - The Guru - An Original Soundtrack Recording) RCA Victor

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