Ustad Moinuddin Khan
BornJaipur, Rajasthan, India
GenresHindustani classical music
  • Instrumentalist
  • vocalist
RelativesZakir Khan (grandson)
AwardsPadma Shri (2014)

Ustad Moinuddin Khan was a veteran Indian classical instrumentalist and vocalist, who played sarangi. Based in Jaipur, he belonged to the "Jaipur Gharana" of Hindustani classical music. Khan has performed his music for All India Radio, Jaipur, in solo programmes. In 2014, the Government of India conferred upon him its fourth-highest civilian award the Padma Shri.[1] Ustad Moinuddin Khan and his family have been carrying this tradition for generations with his son, Shri Momin Khan being the 8th generation to play Sarangi at the highest level and touring the world.

Early life and background

Ustad Moinuddin Khan belongs to a traditional family of musicians of Jaipur. Khan Saab inherited the art of music form and started his musical training in sarangi at age 7 from his father Ustad Mehboob Khan who was a well-known Sarangi player. Ustad Mehaboob Khan himself has trained a number of students and the most outstanding students among them is the well known Pandit Ram Narayanji. Ustad Moinuddin Khan hails from a family of noted musicians.[2][3]


He worked with All India Radio, Jaipur as sarangi player for several years.[4] Over the years he has given solo performances, on state-run Doordarshan television channel, and also All India Radio.[5] Besides this he has also performed at concerts in countries like France, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and other European countries.[2] He also accompanied on sarangi notable vocalists like Ghulam Ali Khan, Amir Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Begum Akhtar, Faiyaz Khan, and tabla maestro, Zakir Hussain at various concerts.[6][4]

He has also received acclaim to his sarangi renditions as he appeared in a sequence of in 1999 English film, Holy Smoke!, shot in Pushkar. He was shown playing sarangi along with his disciples and actress Kate Winslet also featured in the scene.[6][5]

He won several state-level and national-level awards during his career, including a state-level award on Republic Day, 1994.[2] He was awarded the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 2001-2002.[7] In 2006, he received the annual Dagar Gharana honour given by Maharana Mewar Foundation of Udaipur for his contribution to the promotion of classical music.[5]

He spent his last days in the Kalyanji Ka Rasta area within the Walled City area of Jaipur,[8] where he continued to teach his disciples employing the guru-shishya tradition, sarangi, violin, and Hindustani classical singing till his death.[6][4]


  1. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Dalveer Bhandari, Panagariya, Moinuddin Khan get Padma award". The Times of India. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  3. ^ Akhtar, Shabina (31 January 2014). "Sarangi is my beloved: Mounuddin Khan". DNA, India. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Anup Jalota Sings for CRY". CRY America Inc.(RDU Chapter). Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Honour for sarangi maestro". The Hindu. 27 March 2006. Archived from the original on 13 September 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "Reflecting nuances of Jaipur gharana". The Tribune. 23 November 2003. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Awards: Classical Music(Instrumental)". Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Sarangi player Moinuddin Khan was selected for Padma Shri on Saturday". The Times of India. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014.