Barkat Ali Khan : four Thumris

Ustad Barkat Ali Khan (1905-1962) has left a lasting impression on various genres of Hindustani light classical music. He was younger brother of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. By several accounts Barkat Ali Khan was a superior Thumri singer but had to content himself by playing second fiddle to his elder brother.

After partition of India, Barkat Ali Khan migrated to Pakistan and concentrated on the lighter aspects of Hindustani classical music. He made a great contribution to North Indian light classical music. He was acknowledged as one of the greatest Thumri, Dadra, Geet and Ghazal artists. His outstanding rendering techniques of Purab and Punjab Ang have no match. He captured the audience all over India and Pakistan with his unique style of music.

Barkat Ali Khan – Ras Ke Bhare Tore Nain :  Download

Barkat Ali Khan – Kahe Satavo Mohe Sanwariya :  Download

Barkat Ali Khan – Lagi Naheen Chhootay :  Download

Barkat Ali Khan – Torey Naina Jadu Bhare :  Download

Ustad Barkat Ali Khan’s famous disciples include Ghazal singers Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali, actress singer Noor Jehan, Begum Akhtar and many more. He died a premature death at the age of 57.

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9 Comments

  1. virendra singh verma said,

    May 3, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    IT IS INDEED HEARTNING AND EDUCATIVE TO LEARN MORE OF FOUNDATION STONES AS THEY REMAIN UN-NOTICED TO LIGHT YET LIFTING THE CULTURAL BURDEN OF HIDUSTANI SANGEET
    MAY GOD BLESS YOU TO BRING TO LIGHT THE ILK OF BARKAT ALI KHAN

    AND THE HINDI TRANSLATION IS A SHAME ON US
    LET US BE PROUD OF OUR HERITAGE AND NOT SHOW IT IN A DEMEANING
    NUANCE

  2. indianraga said,

    May 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    The Hindi translation is done by Google and we have no role to play in the funny translation it does. This is the best translation tool available online. The translation link in the sidebar is given on visitors’ requests.

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    May 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm

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    May 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm

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  5. virendra singh verma said,

    May 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm

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  6. indianraga said,

    May 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Shri Verma ji, thanks for the offer, but posting both the Hindi and English versions on the blog is not practical. Moreover, the English version is more suitable since many of my visitors cannot read Hindi, some of whom are our co-patriots from South India. Also, about half of my visitors are not of Indian origin.

  7. Surjit Kohli said,

    June 14, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I am absolutely delighted to listen to Barkat Ali Khan’s four thumris. Barkat Ali Khan was a genious of style for his thumris. It is so unfortunate that he left this planet so soon. I wish you could put another of his gem “Baghon Mein Pade Jhoole” which I miss so much as I lost the tape few years back. Thank you very much for this good samaritan’s work.

  8. Kumar D. said,

    August 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    After hearing Barkat Ali Khan’s Dadra Bhairavi ‘Ratiyan Kidhar Ganvaai (7m28s) it appears that one available on the net (esnip etc) seems to be from a live performance. But as I remember from radio listening long ago, it has another EP ‘record’ version of about 6 minutes or so, more elegantly presented, with harmonium accompaniment and has better quality of recording. I am searching it.

  9. Surjit Kohli said,

    August 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Indeed, there is an EP of ‘Ratian Kidhar Ganvaeen’ and I am fortunate enough to have it on my laptop. Equally, I would like to agree that as for thumris were concerned, Barkat Ali Khan was a better singer than his elder brother, or at least a very special thumri singer.


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