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Naresh Farnandes November 3, 2011 New York Times
One evening in 1958, the pianist Dave Brubeck and his quartet gathered in the home of a jazz-loving industrialist on Mumbai’s Malabar Hill to chat with a group of Indian musicians led by the sitar maestro, Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan. Then they picked up their instruments and put their new knowledge to work. The jam session with Mr. Khan, the American pianist said later, changed the way he approached his art. “His influence made me play in a different way,” Mr. Brubeck told Jazz Journal International. “Although Hindu scales, melodies and harmonies are different, we understood each other … The folk origins of music aren’t far apart anywhere in the world.”
Naresh Fernandes December 2012 The Hindu
One night in Mumbai, they had a long discussion with prominent Hindustani classical musicians, including sitar player Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan. Then they picked up their instruments to put their new knowledge to work. “We all felt that given a few more days, we would either be playing Indian music or they would be playing jazz,” Brubeck wrote later.
HoihnuI Hauzel October 2008 The Telegraph
In the world of Indian music, sons and even daughters still follow their fathers into the family trade. But the children are making their way through the world of music — and perpetuating their fathers’ legacies — in a way that often takes their parents by surprise.
Zunain started learning the sitar from his father when he was a five-year-old toddler. “I played the instrument and when he taught students I would sit through most sessions....”
The Pioneer December 2013
Zunain represents the fifth generation of the Indore Beenkar Gharana in the lineage of Ustad Ghairat Khan, Ustad Murawat Khan, Ustad Jaffer Khan, and his renowned father. Recognized for a unique subtlety is his approach and rendition of ragas, Zunain has developed national and international recognition leaving his audiences enthralled by truly delivering the legacy of the Jafferkhani Baaj and conveying the essence and the very beauty of his instrument. Zunain impressed the audiences as he commenced the evening with Raga Chandani Kedar in madhya laya teen taal nimbat. He further maintained the interest of the classical music lover with alap, jod and jala under the same raga.
Kashmir Images February 2014
Zunain Halim Khan, who has emerged as one of the foremost Sitar players of his generation, is the leading exponent of the Jafferkhani Baaj, an innovation of his eminent father and guru Padmabhushan Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan.
He presented Raga Basant Mukhari commencing his recital with brief Aalap – Jod followed by Gat in Vilambit Teentaal and Drut Teentaal. His recital demonstrated his unique subtlety of the rendition of the raga. His fast tempo Taan patterns left the audience enthralled. Earlier he gave a brief description on music and Sitar to the audience.
Amarendra Dhaneshwar December 2011
An impressive line of senior Hindustani musicians has smoothly picked up where giants of the last century like Bhimsen Joshi and Gangubai Hangal left off. But behind them, in the wings, await some hugely talented youngsters. TOI-Crest picks some musicians to watch out for in the decade to come....Young sitarists to watch out for include...Zunain Khan.
Priya B Fernandes October 2014 India Perspective
“How I got interested in music is known to only God. My father (late Ustad Jaffer Khan, the famous artist of Indore Gharana or school) used to teach music, and sometimes, while playing around the house, I heard him talking and teaching the students. I was just a little above four but caught a few lines that I hummed later. That is when my father made me a small sitar,” says Khan....
Just like his distinctive style of music, even his conversations are different. Time to Time, the musicians refers to old adages, popular couplets and poetry to elucidate the situations in his life.
May 18, 2011 Mumbai Mirror
In a special performance in the city this week, enthusiasts can enjoy the musical performance of one of the leading sitarists of his generation, Zunain Khan.
He is the principal exponent of the Jafferkhani Baaj which is a musical innovation of his eminent father and guru Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan.
Zunain represents the fifth generation of the Indore Beenkar Gharana in the lineage of Ghairat Khan, Murawat and Jaffer Khan.
Soma Das February 2013 Midday
The term ‘walls speak’ holds true as one enters the humble residence of Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan in Bandra in Mumbai. The walls are adorned with photographs of the Ustad receiving awards from dignitaries including former President APJ Abdul Kalam. There are a host of such honours that have been bestowed on him over the decades, including the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award as well as the Tansen Samman.
Krishnaraj Iyengar October 29, 2015 The Hindu
Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, the last surviving legend of his generation, is truly the living Dervish of pluralism and national integration. With his irresistible smile and overwhelming affection, the Ustad’s principles seemed to embody the teachings of venerated Andalusian Sufi Ibn el Arabi...