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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Four Songs : my Choice 14

Here are a few fabulous songs from some of the all-time greats of Hindustani classical music, an aural feast, I am sure, for all classical music lovers.

Bhimsen Joshi – Abhogi – Charan Dhar Aayo :  Download

Rashid Khan – Pilu Thumri – Shaam Bhayi Bin Shyam :  Download

Vasundhara Komkali – Malwi Lok Geet – Apna Bhammar :  Download

Veena Sahasrabuddhe – Bhajan – Duje Ke Sang Nahi Jaun :  Download

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Four Random Songs 12

Presented in this post are a few gems from some of the most renowned artists of Indian classical music. These songs were picked up by me from various music forums and sites. A couple of these songs have been specially uploaded on visitors’ requests. If your requested song is not here, please wait for the next Random Songs post.

Bhimsen Joshi – Thumri Bhairavi – Babul Mora Naihar :  Download

Kishori Amonkar – Bhajan – Jogiya Se Preet Kiya :  Download

Rashid Khan – Raga Bhatiyar – Tadpat Beeti Sagari Raina :  Download

Shobha Gurtu – Madhmad Sarang – Sajna Baat Nirakhta Hari :  Download

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Four Songs : my Choice 10

Here are some more songs of my choice and liking. A few gems from my favourite playlist. All the vocalists are renowned names. Firoz Dastur (1919–2008) was a well known, and probably the most successful, Hindustani classical singer from the Parsi community.

Firoz Dastur – Thumri Kafi – Bawre Dam De Gayo Kanha :  Download

Bhimsen Joshi – Thumri Tilang – Kahe Ko Neha Lagaye :  Download

Pandit Jasraj – Bhajan – Jhulat De :  Download

Rashid Khan – Yaman – Aao Balama :  Download

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Four Songs : my Choice 8

Yet one more time, presented here are a few songs that I like. All the four artists are renowned vocalists and need no introduction.

Bhimsen Joshi – Pilu Thumri – Nadiya Kinare Mora Gaon :  Download

Ajoy Chakrabarty – Gori Dhirey Chalo :  Download

Rashid Khan – Pilu Dadra – Ab Maan Jao Saiyan :  Download

Lakshmi Shankar – Sajanwa Jaagi Sari Rain :  Download

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