Mehboob Nadeem

Born into a highly illustrious family of traditional musicians of the Agra Gharana, Mehboob is the grandson of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan (Pranpiya) and Gayan Samrat Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan (Dilrang).

Endowed with a rich melodious and sonorous voice, Mehboob was initiated in the art of music at a very young age by his father Ustad Yakub Hussain. He then began his sitar training under the guidance of his uncle Shri Rafat Khan. He is now under the guidance of world renowned sitar maestro Pandit Arvind Parikh.

A gifted artist, Mehboob possesses a keen, aesthetic sense and a matured ability in the development and rendering of a raga. Under the devoted teaching of his Guru and mentor Pandit Arvind Parikh he has excelled in perfecting the techniques and style of the legendary sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan. He is a widely-respected sitar player who is acknowledged as one of the most accomplished of the present generation of the Vilayatkhani Gharana and is known to be one of the best sitar players in the UK.

His performances are truly unique & inspiring and have enthralled audiences in India and abroad. He is regularly called to perform throughout India, Africa, Europe and the UK.

“Mehboob’s sitar performances translate the unique style of the Vilayat Khani gharana. In all aspects of his sitar recitals, his depth of knowledge and authenticity of expression is flawless.” (Pt Arvind Parikh)

“Mehboob Nadeem played throughout with amazing virtuosity and intensity.”  (Blues in London Review)

Mehboob has been invited to perform for HM Queen Elizabeth II, HRH The Prince of Wales, Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, HH Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, and was invited by the President of Italy to perform a Tribute Concert for Mother Teresa.

He performed at some of India’s most famous venues including the NCPA (National Centre for Performing Arts), Nehru Centre, Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, Karnataka Sangha, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sur Singar Samsad. He’s been invited to perform at events from Mumbai to Delhi, Lucknow to Calcutta, Goa to Madras, Ahmedabad to Kolhapur, to name a few.

Based in the UK, here are a few venues and events where Mehboob performed:

Purcell Room (South Bank, London), National Theatre (London), Nehru Centre (London), Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (London), Westminster Abbey (London), Common Wealth Conference, London Mela 2005 Gunnersbury Park, The Music Village – Cultural Co-operation, Croydon Music Festival, Southampton Mela Festival, Edinburgh Mela Festival, Turner Sims, Southampton, Royal Academy, Bournemouth, Royal Albert Hall, London, The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, Glasgow Mela Festival, Darbar Festival, London, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, The Peepul Centre, Leicester, Leeds College of Music with SAA-uk, Monmouth Festival, Wales, Burmingham, Winston Churchill Hall, London, East Ham Town Hall, Vicotria & Albert Museum, London, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Trinity College, London, Belfast, Dublin, The Uniersity of Huddersfield.



From classical to fusion

As well as doing indian classical recitals, Mehboob Nadeem is involved in different fusion projects that allow him to further explore and push the boundaries of music.


This is a story with three faces, three people from very different cultural backgrounds thrown together by life’s mysterious ways.  They discover each other’s music and decide to come together and share their inspiration with all people.  Bololen is Mehboob Nadeem from Bombay, India (sitar, vocals), Musa Mboob from Serrakunda, Tha Gambia (Tama, Sabar, Vocals) and Thomas Christen from Hamburg, Germany (Saxophones, Kamelengoni).  Bololen’s musical repertoire grows from the spontaneous improvisation which results from the musicians’ original improvisations.  All three share an understanding of the inherent rules of each of their musical traditions. In their transposition, the diverse traditional elements undergo an enrichment.  When an African rhythmic phrase is dressed with a melody from an Indian raga and seasoned with European harmony, it becomes an intercontinental lead motif.  This motif is the essence of the music that is Bololen.

World Lute Encounter

Acclaimed sitarist/vocalist Mehboob Nadeem and award-winning Chinese lutenist/countertenor Cheng-Ying Chuang lead audiences to experience a musical journey through the time and space between South Asia and the Far East.
Derived from Mesopotamia, instruments of lute family evolved into diverse physical structures and musical expressions under the nourishment of different cultures. Following the legendary pilgrimage of Monk Xuanzang, the Chinese monk who brought authentic Buddhist scriptures into China in 7 A.D., this unique collaboration of duo lutenists/vocalists showcases their ancient music traditions as soloists, as well as an exploration of each other’s traditions as a duet. Renowned tabla player Hanif Khan accompanies their shows.


Live concerts


Photos from live concerts


Nov         02          Nehru Centre                                                           –   London                  More info
Nov       05         Private Concert                                                         –  London
July        07         V&A Museum                                                           –  London                  More info
Nov     08         Private Concert                                                          –  London


Mehboob is a passionate and committed teacher who has opened doors for many students into the infinte world of Indian Classical music.

He is available for:
- Workshops for Schools & Musical Groups
- Private tuition for Sitar & Singing, including via Skype
- Masterclasses in Indian music, incl. w/Western musicians
- Sumer schools & retreats
- Sitar sales & repairs (jawari, tuning & maintenance)


For bookings, enquiries, or general comments


+44 7946 442 488

Manager: Jivana Hunt

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