Halim Academy of Sitar

Since its inception in 1976, the Halim Academy of Sitar has taught students the musical discipline and the art of Sitar, and Jafferkhani Baaj. The academy has hosted annual concerts to showcase young talents.


The Academy has invited luminaries from the Indian classical world to perform at its main stage events. The training program at the Academy and events are currently overseen by its Director, Shri Zunain Khan.

The Academy, in 2019, launched "Khiraj," a festival of live music dedicated to the memory of its founder and beloved Guru and features Hindustani and Carnatic classical traditions. Doyens and doyennes of this music are commemorated with the "Jafferkhani Samman" on the opening day.

Inauguration ceremony of the Halim Academy of Sitar with Chief Minister Shankar Rao Chavan and music director Naushad.

Select performances for the Academy have included:


Year                                Artist

1995                Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

1998                Pt. Jasraj

2000               Smt. Zarine Sharma

2002               Ustad Rashid Khan

2007               Pt. Bhajan Sopori & Abhay Sopori

2010               Dr. L. Subramaniam

2011               Dr. Ashwini Bhide (Vocal) & Abhay Rustom Sopori (Santoor)

For further information on Halim Academy of Sitar events and classes or to make a tax deductible donation to the academy please email us at info@jafferkhanibaaj.com or reach us by filling out the CONTACT form.

Padmabhushan Ustad Zakir Hussain is bestowed with  the 2019 "Jafferkhani Samman."