Dilshad Khan born in 1983 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He belongs to the Sikar Gharana of music which has given several stalwarts to Indian classical music. He is the ninth generation to take up Sarangi. His great grandfather Ustad Azim Khan was a court musician at Sikar in Rajasthan.
He began his training at the age of 6 in music from his grandfather Ustad Gulab Khan Sahab who was a great sarangi player and vocalist of his time and from his father Ustad Nasir Khan Sahab who was also a great sitar player. Later he started learning sarangi from his legendary uncle Padma Bhushan Ustad Sultan Khan Sahab, who is one of the most renowned sarangi players and Vocalists from India. Ustad Sultan Khan Sahab gave a new dimension to sarangi and played the key role in popularizing this ancient classical instrument of India.
Dilshad Khan gave his first performance at the age of 10 at All India Radio Youth festival in Jodhpur. He is known today for his excellent command on this difficult instrument and has already remarkably imbibed almost his great uncle’s entire repertoire with a similar command and mastery on the sarangi. He is indeed a chip off the old block and has shared the stage with his uncle Padma Bhushan Ustad Sultan Khan Sahab many times
Apart from his solo performances he has had the honor to perform with artists like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Trilok Gurtu, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Pt. Ajay Pohankar, Pt. Ajay Chakrabarty, Sivamani, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Louis Banks, Abida Parveen, Hariharan, Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, Shankar Mahadevan, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Ustad Fazal Qureshi, Nitin Swahney, Babani Kone, Juliet Robertz, Mickey Hart, Taufiq Qureshi and many more. He has played sarangi with Ustad Zakir Hussain in the album Global Drum Project which won the prestigious Grammy Award in 2009.
Dilshad Khan is also a famous name in bollywood music industry, he has played for more than 500 bollywood movies. He has played sarangi in hit films like Devdas, Namaste London, Mohabbatein, Goal, Rockstar, Faltu, Mausam, Guzaarish, Jhoom Bara Bar Jhoom, Kyunki, Red, Tere Naam, Dhobi Ghat just to name few.
He have given many performances in all the major music festivals and concerts in India like Savai Gandharva in Pune, Saptak in Ahmedabad, Shankar Lal music festival in Delhi etc.. He has performed in many prestigious venues in world like Royal Albert Hall, London, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Holland, USA, UAE, Muscat, Bahrain, Europe, etc.