Ustad Rais Khan was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, in 1939. His father, Ustad Mohammed Khan started his son's ‘taalim’ (training) at the age of two and a half by presenting him a small coconut-shell sitar.

In 1955, he was selected to represent at the International Youth Festival in , where Ustad Rais Khan carried off the first prize for his virtuosity. Since then, he has toured throughout the world , delighting packed audiences with his virtuoso performances.

Ustad Rais Khan has a compelling presence and spontaneous link with all who have had the pleasure to experience his unique style and captivating performance. His dynamic personality and genius have made him one of the most outstanding artists of our time.


Today, he is the living legend of the Mewati Instrumental tradition.

Ustad Rais Khan has four sons – Suhael khan, Cezanne khan, Farhan khan and Huzoor Hasnain khan. Among them, Farhan Khan is already an accomplished sitarist who will carry on the tradition.


Born - Indore, Madhya Pradesh, in 1939