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Spandan – Notes of Hope
A Fundraising Concert of Indian Classical and Sufi Music

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Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan is one of the leading vocalists of Indian and Pakistani classical music as well as Sufi music and perpetuates a disappearing musical tradition. He belongs to the Sham Chaurasi Gharana from East Punjab, which dates back to the times of Mughal Emperor Akbar, 500 years ago. He received his musical education from his father, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and uncle, Ustad Nazaqat Ali Khan, both internationally acclaimed maestros of classical singing. During his concerts, Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan reveals not only the spectacular technicalities of Hindustani classical singing, but also has an outstanding sensibility in his way of interpreting Sufi poetry. He began performing at the age of seven since then he has performed throughout the world and has received numerous awards. In 2009 the president of Pakistan honored him “The Pride of Performance” award, one of the highest honors for a member of the civil society. The concert program will contain classical Indian music and Sufi songs.


Hans Wettstein studied Indian classical music for 12 years in Banaras, India. He received the basic training on the instrument Sitar under Dr. Ram Chakravarty, a professor at Banaras Hindu University in the Varanasi-exponent of Seniya-Gharana. In 1989, the Swiss Sitar player earned the "Sangeet Prabhakar Diploma on Sitar" with a distinction. Hans regularly gives concerts and workshops in India, Nepal and Europe. Notable are his concert for the Nepalese television with the Indian Kathak dancer Durga Arya and for the South German radio broadcaster SDR Kulturforum. With his deep involvement in Indian music over the years, he has internalized the feeling of it and acts as an agent of Indian musical culture allover the world.