Ustad Rashid Khan
|Born||1 July 1968|
|Awards||Padma Bhushan (2022)|
Padma Shri (2006)
|Genres||Hindustani classical music|
Ustad Rashid Khan (born 1 July 1968) is an Indian classical musician in the Hindustani music tradition. He belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, and is the great-grandson of gharana founder Inayat Hussain Khan. He is married to Soma Khan.
In a story told in several versions, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi once remarked that Rashid Khan was the "assurance for the future of Indian vocal music". He was awarded the Padma Shri, as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2006. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, in 2022 by the Indian Government in the field of Art.
Born in Sahaswan, Badayun, Uttar Pradesh. He received his initial training from his maternal grand-uncle, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan (1909–1993). He is also the nephew of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
As a child he had little interest in music. His uncle Ghulam Mustafa Khan was among the first to note his musical talents, and for some time trained him in Mumbai. However, he received his main training from Nissar Hussain Khan, initially at his house in Badayun. A strict disciplinarian, Nissar Hussain Khan would insist on voice training (Swar Sadhana) from four in the morning, and make Rashid practice one note of the scale for hours on end. A whole day would be spent on practising just a single note. Although Rashid detested these lessons as a child, but the disciplined training shows in his easy mastery of taan and layakaari today. It was not until he was 18 that Rashid began to truly enjoy his musical training.
Rashid Khan gave his first concert at age eleven, and the following year, 1978, he performed at an ITC concert in Delhi. In April 1980, when Nissar Hussain Khan moved to the ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA), Calcutta, Rashid Khan also joined the academy at the age of 14. By 1994, he was acknowledged as a musician (a formal process) at the academy.
The Rampur-Sahaswan gayaki (style of singing) is closely related to the Gwalior gharana, which features medium-slow tempos, a full-throated voice and intricate rhythmic play. Rashid Khan includes the slow elaboration in his vilambit khayals in the manner of his maternal grand-uncle and also developed exceptional expertise in the use of sargams and sargam taankari (play on the scale). He is influenced with the style of Amir Khan and Bhimsen Joshi.
He is also a master of the tarana like his guru but sings them in his own manner, preferring the khayal style rather than the instrumental stroke-based style for which Nissar Hussain was famous. There is no imitation of instrumental tone.
His renderings stand out for the emotional overtones in his melodic elaboration. He says: "The emotional content may be in the alaap, sometimes while singing the bandish, or while giving expression to the meaning of the lyrics." This brings a touch of modernity to his style, as compared to the older maestros, who tended to place greater emphasis on impressive technique and skilful execution of difficult passages.
Rashid Khan has also experimented with fusing pure Hindustani music with lighter musical genres, e.g. in the Sufi fusion recording Naina Piya Se (songs of Amir Khusro), or in experimental concerts with western instrumentalist Louis Banks. He has also performed jugalbandis, along with sitarist Shahid Parvez and others.
|2019||"Barsat Sawan"||Mitin Mashi (Bengali Film)||Pt Bickram Ghosh||on YouTube|
|2018||"Bol Ke Lab Azad Hain"||Manto||Sneha Khanwalkar|
|"Milon Ke Fasle"|
|"Milon Ke Fasle (Unplugged)"|
|2018||"Ae Ri Mai Re"||Dassehra||Vijay Verma|
|2017||"Sakhi Ri"||Vodka Diaries||Sandesh Shandilya|
|2015||"Bhara Badara"||Kadambari||Bickram Ghosh|
|2014||"Kabhi Ayien Pe"||Hate Story 2||Himself||Sung by KK|
|2013||"Jheeni Re Jheeni"||Issaq||Sachin–Jigar|
|2012||"Sajna"||Bapi Bari Ja (Bengali)||Jeet Ganguly|
|2012||"Dewaana Kar Rha Hai||Raaz 3||Himself||Sung by Javed Ali|
|2012||"Aiyo Piyaji"||Chakravyuh||Shantanu Moitra|
|2011||"Poore se zara sa"||Mausam||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2010||"Allah Hi Rahem"||My Name is Khan||Shankar Ehsaan Loy|
|2009||"Bhor Bhayo"||Morning Walk||Jeet Ganguly|
|2007||"Aaoge Jab Tum Saajna"||Jab We Met||Sandesh Shandilya|
|2004||"Kahe Ujadi Mori Neend"||Kisna: The Warrior Poet||Ismail Darbar|
|2004||"Tore Bina Mohe Chain Nahi"||Kisna: The Warrior Poet||Ismail Darbar|