*Ustad Sharif Khan Poonchwale (1923 - 1980), belongs to Poonch Gharana (traditions) of Sitar. A decsiple of Ustad Rahim Bukhsh Khan.
An outstanding sitarist, Ustad Sharif Khan played a key role in promoting the Sitar in Pakistan.
Ustad Sharif Khan was already acclaimed as a sitar player before Independence but rose to his greatest fame and adulation in the 1950s and 1960s. He is regarded as one of the greatest Pakistani musicians and was equally loved and appreciated by critics and fans outside his country as within. He is frequently mentioned in the same breath as Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan. Sharif Khan sahib was awarded the Pride of Performance Award in 1968. He passed away in 1980.