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Shahid Parvez

Shahid Parvez is a middle-ranking sitar player. The son of Aziz Khan and the grandson of Wahid Khan, he was performing in public before he was ten years old. ~ Ken Hunt, Rovi
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Gravitating toward alap, softness and quiet, Parvez is great, in my middle ranking taste
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As others have noted, calling Shahid Parvez a middle-ranki n g sitar player without any justificatio n is the epitome of laziness. As I tell my kids, all opinions are valid, but some are just stupid. You're entitled to believe you can fly out the 8th floor window, but some opinions tend to coincide with reality more than others. That's why an opinion has to be defended and justified. In other words.....yo u ' r e a fool :)...and I happen to admire Shahid Parvez--but I ran out of characters.
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ilpapa5
'middle ranking' is completely inaccurate. Anybody that knows anything about the Indian Classical scene knows that Shahid Parvez is one of the best.
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matanishaily
Ken Hunt it sounds like your credentials as a critic of this music are being called into question. It would be easier to give you the benefit of the doubt -- omg, I'm just getting to an absolutely *sublime* riff of music here, so may have to cancel even that -- STILL, I might *try* to be open to your assessment if you offered any kind of explanation or justificatio n for it. Instead, the short shrift you give his work communicates a lack of investment or expertise. On what do you base your claim?
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Shahid Parvez sat with me for an hour or so when I last saw him. His radiance bloomed!
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Ken hunt totally crapped out on his writing with Shahid Parves. Must have been an awfully long day.
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ajaymsharma2 0 0 2
I have loved Shahid's work for the last twenty years. He is a top notched professional .
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what a wonderful sound ... earthy and haunting
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Ustad Shahid Parvez music is amazing. Anyone who Indian Classical music would understand that very few players can play to a 10 beat cycle while playing 16 beats tempo within the same cycle (Teental in a Japtal cycle).
This is anything short of magic that makes Indian Classical unique in the world. Ustad Shahid Parvez is a world class Master (Ustad)
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Middle ranking? Rediculous. Parvez is low ranking, only GAGA and Burner are tip ranking.
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thank you all for your intelligent comments below on this middle ranking nonsense. my thoughts echo yours exactly.
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I agree with all who have said here that calling a musical grandmaster middle-ranki n g is completely inappropriat e and shows that the reviewer is clueless. Whoever moderates these biographies for Pandora should take this one down.
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Ridiculous bio, when did we start an artist ranking scheme.
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apostrophe20
Mr. Hunt, if you keep writing such reviews, you might end up being a midldle-rank i n g critic. Or is that where you currently are and fast continuing down a slippery slope?
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Kindly remove the term middle ranking. Shahidji is one of the finest sitarist. His music has space and silence embedded in it. Only the ones who are seeped in silence can appreciate his music. Ken Hunt should learn the art of remaining in silence before labeling someone as middle ranking. What right has he to judge someone of the caliber of Shahid Parvez ? Shahidji's music is divine.
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sudipsarkar
Ustadji is one of the finest musicians from India. He is certainly not middle ranking.
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khalil.sulli v a n
Oy, everybody's a critic.
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akramfawad
It takes understandin g of music in general, understandin g of indian classical music and sitar in particular, years of listening to various genres and styles, knowledge of the various masters and their styles and techniques, just to name a few qualificatio n s , nefore being even considered to critique (let alone rank) any musical artist. Now, to be fair, I don't know Mr. Hunt and his background; but to judge Ustad Shahid Parvez as mediocre, he must be lacking at least at one or moere levels. For me
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Ustadji is a master musician. You know who is middle ranking? Ken Hunt!
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It moves me to tears...
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sutapa6
Finally someone came up with an indisputable ranking system for musicians that, contrary to most such systems, significantl y deflates grades. I would love to listen to someone who is high-ranked according to Mr. Hunt. Given that I am enthralled by Shahid Parvez, that has to be an out of the world experience!
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First, this is the alap, the introduction to the mood of the raga. So, it is not supposed to jolt, or to move a lot around the Sitar.
Second, it is a morning meditative raga, played for medicinal purpose to awaken and balance the mind.
Third, it is played in the sentiment of grief after the beloved musician Tansen died. So, it is not supposed to be full of joy. Shahid captures the intended mood, or song, of the raga well.
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labarya
Wikipedia: ...he is widely recognized as one of the finest living sitar players.
Case closed.
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dhudson2020
This music is profound. I wonder why the man writing the bio chose such pejorative language to describe such brilliance, inspired execution and years of hard work by the artist.
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tablasarang
Frankly, If you think Shahid Parvez is middle-class , you have no ear for music. He is a genius. Also, who is anyone to rank artistry as such?
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brian.lindqu i s t 3
A lot of reviewers want the bio changed from middle ranking.
But that's what it is. It is not great. I want a jolt but it never comes. Still, I like listening to him. I think Sharvid will be around for a while and get better and better. At least he doesn't overreach.
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IMO, Shahid Parvez is an outstanding sitarist. Gentle and provocative, throughout the expression of his musical gift. But sadly... this is a well bellow middle-ranki n g biography, written by Ken Hunt. No real offense intended but what was THAT all about? Thankfully , I have ears and a soul to gauge such lovely musicianship by. The rest is just mental static and grossly inaccurate! I will content myself to enjoying the beauty of the sound itself. Kudos to everyone for challenging such BS.
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nothing happens.
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Parvez is alright. From what I've heard he doesn't seem to move a lot around the Sitar.
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When I heard Parvez for the first time (on Pandora) I had to find out who he was. it was the same way when I first heard Hariprasad Chaurasia. I had to find out and get the music. When I read Parvezs' bio and saw, "middle-rank i n g " , I was surprised. Clearly, he stands out as great. There's a lot of silence in his music~space between the notes. I prefer his playing to Ravi Shankar's.
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Middle ranking?
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mcmf9
Now that Nkhil Bannerjee and Vilayat Khan are dead, and Ravi Shankar is past his prime, There is no sitarist alive who is better. If he is middle ranking, than God must be playing sitar now.
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this bio needs to be changed!
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What a terrible bio. It would be better to say nothing. Shahid Parvez may have equals, but I do not know of any better living sitarists.
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adityasp1987
Think twice before posting any nonsense about something you don't understand Mr. Ken Hunt. Ustad Shahid Parvez is one of the best Sitar players in India right now. "Middle ranking" is the worst kind of insult to his abilities and talent.
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Shahid Parvez = Sitar hero.
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ramirandh
Middle Ranking?!
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Definitely not middle ranking. One of the best living Sitar players.
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He can also be extreeeemely subtle; I've had the pleasure to hear him in person in an intimate acoustic setting ... delicious!

Middle-ranki n g ? I think not! He's at the top!
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forest_roy
I like the heavy-handed sitar playing. Rock on, Ustad Shahid Parvez!

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