Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, Indian sitar player and composer, Died at 89


Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan was bprn on February 15, 1927, in Jawra, and died on January 4, 2017.

He was an Indian sitar player.

He received the national awards Padma Shri (1970) and Padma Bhushan (2006) and was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1987.

He was regarded as one of the ‘Sitar Trinity’ of India along with Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan and is the youngest of them.

Madhya Pradesh as the son of Jaffer Khan, a versatile vocalist, sitarist, and beenkar.

Khan hails from the Beenkar Gharana of Indore.

Khan has been a distinguished All India Radio Artiste since the early 1940s.

A few years before the Beatles met Ravi Shankar, in 1958, Khan collaborated with jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck.

However, Brubeck who was in Bombay through the U.S. State Department sponsored Jazz Ambassadors Program was impressed by the improvisation in Indian music and said that the experience accompanying Halim Jaffer Khan led him to play in a different way.

He died at his home in Mumbai, India from cardiac arrest.

Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan passed away at 89 years old.