Gharana tradition : Rampur Sahaswan

Rampur-Sahaswan is a gharana of Hindustani classical music centred in the Uttar Pradesh towns of Rampur and Sahaswan. The history of this gharana begins with Inayat Hussain Khan (1849-1919). He was the son of Mehboob Khan, a khayal singer and Veena player of the Rampur court. Mehboob Khan is said to have performed khayals in a simple style with an emphasis on tappa style taans, which can be taken to be an indication of his affiliation to the Gwalior khayal gharana. He was also a beenkar and veena player. Inayat Hussain Khan had a cousin, Haider Khan, whose grandson was Nissar Hussain Khan (1906-1993). Inayat Hussain Khan is said to have shown unusual singing talent in his childhood and so his father took him to the chief court musician of the Rampur court for further training.

So as Inayat Hussain Khan, the founder of the gharana, hailed from Sahaswan and was trained and lived in Rampur, the gharana came to be called Rampur-Sahaswan. Inayat Hussain trained his son Sabir Hussain and his son-in-law Mushtaq Hussain Khan (1874-1964). It is through the styles of his sons-in-law that contemporary experts have formed their idea of the Rampur-Sahaswan style and it is through his sons-in-law that the gharana stays aloft today. Like the sons-in-law, Inayat Hussain’s three daughters, naturally played a big role in keeping the gharana alive. The youngest daughter Sabri Begum gave birth to leading senior contemporary exponent Ghulam Mustafa Khan and daughter Shakhri Begum. Shakhri Begum gave birth to Rashid Khan, the famous vocalist.

Mushtaq Hussain Khan – Meera Bai Ki Malhar :  Download

Nissar Hussain Khan – Puriya Dhanashree :  Download

Ghulam Mustafa Khan – Pilu – Ghir Ke Aayi Badaria :  Download

Rashid Khan – Alahiya Bilawal – Sumiran Kar Man :  Download

The renowned singers of this gharana include Mushtaq Hussain Khan, Nissar Hussain Khan, Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Ghulam Sadiq Khan, Rashid Khan, Ghulam Abbas Khan, Begum Shanno Khurana and Sulochana Brahaspati.

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  1. amit kumar said,

    December 3, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    could you please upload some more of mustaq hussain khan sahib like his chayanat,desi todi,bagehsree,suha kanada?he was a great artist indeed.
    that will be a great work indeed.thanks !!!

  2. indianraga said,

    December 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Sure I will, in my future posts.

  3. amit kumar said,

    December 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    in 1000 hours of pure bliss there was a mention of maluha kalyan in mp3 of sharafat hussain khan, but when i searched all of your folders in esnips i found none.Could you please give a link to that recording?

    please keep doing this wonderful work for the rest of the world.may everyone know the traditions of Indian culture !!!

  4. indianraga said,

    December 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Only a small percentage of my collection has been uploaded on eSnips.

  5. amit kumar said,

    December 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    is not possible to upload the maluha kalyan of sharafat hussain khan?

  6. indianraga said,

    December 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Sure is. Someday I will post the song.

  7. January 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    lookking forward to see more post from you in esnips :-)

  8. Ajoy Chakrabarty said,

    March 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Eager to get “Desi Tori” uploaded. Thanks

  9. Sourav Hom Roy said,

    May 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks a lot… Plz upload more and more thumries, actually the pure thumries of ancient time and raags also.

  10. vinay pande said,

    December 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    what a superb alhaiya bilawal rashid khan has sung here. i havent heard alhaiya bilawal like this since the old nissar hussain khan recordings of the same raag. same bandish of course…

  11. vinay pande said,

    December 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    there is a sarangi accompanied (harmonium free ) alhaiya bilawal recording of nissar hussain. if you have it i would be very grateful if you could post it here so we can compare rashid khan and his teacher.

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