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