NRI music maestro charged with forced sex jugalbandi with minor
May, 31st 2008
A few days ago, a famous 42-year old Indian-American classical musician was charged with multiple counts of molestation and indecent advances towards a minor. Shafaatullah Khan, nephew of famous sitar maestro Vilayat Khan, and son of another famous sitarist maestro Imrat Khan, was charged in Bridgeport on Wednesday, after a 16-year old former student accused him of repeatedly molesting him.
Claiming a 400-year lineage of extraordinary musicians, Shafaatullah Khan has made a quite a name in the eastern United States, especially in the tri-state area as well as the state of Pennsylvania, where he resides. Music critics have praised the prowess of his marvelous fingers as they expore the rhythmic complexities of the Indian drums, and they have marveled at the way he steals anyones attention whenever he desires so.
But it seems the great maestros carpal prowess has been overflowing with his carnal rhythms as well. Under the pretext of teaching keyboard to the 14-year old girl, Shafaatullah gave her back massages, touched her breasts, got on top of her and made hip-thrusting movements, all in the name of teaching a young girl the complexities of Indian rhythms!
The great maestro has surely been trying his amorous teaching skills with many of his students. And this is surely not the first time he has thought of massaging someone;s back and breasts toimprove their posture and keyboarding or Sitar skills. Its just that someone finally has had the courage to go to the authorities and expose this lusty idiot who has been abusing Indian classical music to satisfy his sexual appetite.
But then again, he is not the only maestro who has been using music to get sex. There have been several other incidences of famous maestros, from some of Indias most well-known sarod players to some of our most famous flute maestros. Some of them have been known to lock themselves in a room with young American female students overnight, intermittently asking their Indian assistants sleeping outside to fetch more wine.
More than a year ago, a guest blogger wrote on this same site citing a female student who had been learning another maestro :
.I started taking lessons with this maestro- he offered personal lessons and well, the lessons became too personal.
The tradition of Indian classical music is said to be rooted in a students faith for the teacher, the Guru. It is said to be more of a spiritual bond, a divine connection of faith and trust and subservience and submission. But there are foul-minded Gurus who see no issue with breaching that divine trust, exploiting their disciples for their illicit means, trampling the faith of innocent ones. Just a month ago, a famous Indian Guru in Texas was charged with molesting two minor girls. Last year, that Gurus Guru barely beat a rape and molestation charge in the Carribean Isles.
But just like the phony Gurus who inhabit the temple complexes, there are numerous phonies in Indian classical music, maestros who speak of union with God and Goddesses, chanting sacred mantras and devotional music, and seemingly honoring the greatest traditions of Hinduism. Barring a few notable exceptions, many of these maestros are common criminals who shame Indian traditions and culture, getting away only because their victims are often minor, innocent, and helpess and the victims families are to ashamed to bring any charges.
For now, authorities have just confiscated Shafaatullah Khans American passport, and instructed the sex predator Guru not to teach minors. Stay tuned.