Seminars by Humayun Khan: Classical Indian music

Humayun Khan Music
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Humayun Khan would love to enrich and diversify your curriculum with his college-level seminars. He is an experienced teacher and performer in the classical music traditions of North India and Afghanistan, singing and playing harmonium.

Humayun has offered seminars at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, Bennington College and Montgomery College. (See below for seminar content.) He has also taught in schools and to individuals of all ages. Currently he has 45 private students.

Humayun’s teachers were Ustad Vilayat Khan in India and Ustad Fateh Ali Khan in Pakistan. He has performed throughout the US, Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East, including many intercultural events. As an Afghan-American, he performs and teaches with the goal of “uniting the world through music and culture.”

For a reference, contact Professor Andrew Connell at [email protected]. More references are available upon request.

Sample Humayun’s music on his Soundcloud page:

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Humayun is available during the 2017-18 academic year to provide half-day and full-day seminars, as well as residencies. He is also available for performance. Contact or 703-822-3785 with your questions and for bookings.

On behalf of Humayun,
Lorie Merrow
Hillcrest Communications
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Seminar content

History: Introduction to the history of Classical Indian music
Sargam: Introduction to the notation system
Instruments: Tanpura, Tabla, Harmonium
Aum: Proper technique and intro to voice production
Raga: Melodic structures used to improvise and compose in
Talas: Rhythmic structures and time cycles used to improvise and composed in
Bandish: Combining the above elements together into a composition
Upaj: Spontaneous improvisation

The Residency includes the content above, providing more detail and depth.
It covers the intricacies of Raga, ornamentation, embellishment of musical phrases and concepts of improvisation techniques. It culminates with a final composition leading to a performance.

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