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India Currents got the opportunity to speak with Dr Roshan Bharti during his recent visit to the Bay Area. “I was born in the family of professional musicians for 17 generations. I am carrying the torch of my family legacy – my grandfather was Ustad Jamal Khan, a famous vocalist who belonged to the Senia gharana (also known as the Kalavant gharana) of Hindustani classical music, which traces its roots back to famous musician Miyan Tansen, one of the nine jewels of Emperor Akbar’s court in the15th century,” says Dr Bharti. “Ustad Jamal Khan is known to the world as the legendary ghazal singer Jagjit Singh’s teacher.”
Bharti has served as Associate Professor of Indian classical music for the last 25 years, imparting knowledge to a new generation of students, He has performed with on stage with the world-renowned great ghazal maestros and legends Ustad Mehdi Hassan, Ustad Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh and Abida Parveen. Associated with Doordarshan and All India Radio as a “Top Grade Artist” he has composed and recorded numerous ghazals.