“A Dream A Lived Alone”
Padma Vibhushan Awardee Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan narrates his life’s story-from practicing music in a graveyard as a young boy to teaching stawarrts of the music industry, his journey is as lyrical a …
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Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan
Padma Vibhushan Awardee
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan the eminent Classical Vocalist,
is a living embodiment of the continuity of Indian musical tradition through heritage. – Legendary Musician
A rare Combination of academic proficiency and musical excellence, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan belongs to an illustrious school of music known as SAHASWAN RAMPUR GWALIOR GHARANA which owes its allegiance to SENIYA tradition represented by great Ustads like UstadWazir Khan, Ustad Bahadur Hussain Khan, Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan, Ustad Fida Hussain Khan, Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan and Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan.
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan is the grandson of Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan of SAHASWAN Gharana, who is the Son-in-law of the pioneer of Gwalior Gharana Ustad Haddu Khan Sahib, who was the court musician during the reign of king Wajid Ali Shah
By fortuitous Coincidence, Ustad Ji’s wife too is the grand daughter of Padma Bhushan Ustad Mushtaq Husssain Khan.
Born over seven decades ago on March 3, 1931 in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan was initiated into music by his father Ustad Waris Hussain Khan.
He was groomed by Ustad Fida Hussain Khan, Father of the famous Maestro Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan. Later, Nissar Hussain Khan himself took him over under his wings. The Traditional Styles of Rampur, Gwalior and Sahaswan “Gharana’” are therefore distinctly to be observed in his performance Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan evinced particular interest in the history of Indian music and studied ancient Indian Music (JatiGayan) with Acharya K.C Brahaspati, besides doing research work with him.
He sang compositions derived from Natyashastra and Brihat Deshi written by Matang Rishi and from sharing Dev’s Sangeet Ratnakar Based on Jati -Gayan. These had never been dung by any musician in recent times and for the first time after 700 years.
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb brought to life this Ancient Indian Classical Music from the hoary era. Seven of his records of 30 minutes each are preserved in the Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi.
Gifted with a melodious voice he has cultivated it in such a manner that he moves with comfortable ease throughout the span of four octaves. He is versatile singer who can perform both classical and light music with great virtuosity.
While his raga renditions show his refined sense of time, style and rhythm, his Thumri’s, as also other lighter varieties are suffused with sensitivity and feeling.
Ustadji (right) Performing with his Guru Padma Bhushan Ustad Nazir Hussain Khaansaheb
Years old, that’s how young Ustadji was when he started to learn singing and the rest is history.
Of his records of 30 mins each are preserved in the Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi. He is a versatile singer who can perform both classical & light music with great virtuosity.
Years old, when Ustadji gave his first stage performance with his dad. Since then he has performed all over India and the world.
Awards & Achievement
Padma Vibhushan (2018)
Padma Bhushan (2006)
Padma Shri (1991)
Sangeet Natak Akademi (2003)
Tansen Samman (2008)
Yash Bharti Samman (2016)
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind Ji Awarding Ustadji with The prestigious Padma Vibhushan award.
Ustadji receiving the Sangeet Natak Academy Award From Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Ustadji had the hnonour to perform for honourable Queen of United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II
"Festival de Lille" (France) in the presence of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales.
Former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Awarding Ustadji with The prestigious Padma Bhushan award.
Lataji awarding Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan With the Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar award.
- Ustadji is among the few artists to perform at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at a conference held by former President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1952.
- Ustadji was named as Junior Tansen in 1969 by Haridas Sangeet Sabha, Mangalore.
- Ustadji has also been awarded the Ustad Haaﬁz Ali Khan Award and Ustad Chand Khan Award.
- Ustadji performed at Baltimore University and was conferred an Honorary Citizenship of Baltimore City. He was awarded this Citizenship for outstanding contribution to the ﬁeld of Indian Classical Music by the Governor of Maryland in 1986.
- Ustadji had the honour to perform at the Golden Jubilee ceremony of the honourable Queen of United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II
- Ustadji also performed at “Festival de Lille” (France) in the presence of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales.
- Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan is also the Music director and playback singer of Award winning feature films like : Umrao Jaan, BhuVan Shome, Badnam Basti, Aagman, Shreeman Aashiq, Chhand Pretticha (Marathi), Drut (Bengali), Anarkali (Telugu)
- UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, honouring Ustadji with Yash Bharti Samman in Lucknow
File photo of Ustadji receiving Padma Shri in 1991
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan is also the Music director and playback singer
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, honouring Ustadji with Yash Bharti Samman in Lucknow
Ustadji always believed in giving back to the society – be it identifying and nurturing some of the best musicians in India or mesmerizing the nation through his legendary music. With this belief, Ustadji has now initiated to promote and support the education of underprivileged children through a project called “Ek Naye Bharat Ki Shuruwat”
Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasiya and Ustadji after a performance in UK
Being felicitated on his birthday At Nehru Science Center, Mumbai; As Ustad Amjad Ali Khan looks on
With Music director Shri Naushad Ali and Pandit Jasrajji at a classical music event.
Ustadji with son Murtuza Mustafa, And other legends of classical music Ustad Zakir Hussain, Shri. A.Hariharan, Shankar, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram After a performance at Shanmukhananda hall in 2000.
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan is married to Amina Begum, the granddaughter of Mushtaq Hussain Khan. Ustadji and Amina Begumji have four sons – Murtaza Khan, Qadir Mustafa, Rabbani Khan and Hasan Khan. Murtaza Khan and Qadir Khan are well known classical vocalists and singers of Hindi Film Industry who have worked with legendary music directors like A. R. Rahman, Amit Trivedi and others. Not only Ustadji’s sons, but his grandsons have also inherited his passion for music. Murtaza Khan’s son Faiz was the youngest singer on Coke Studio when 3 generations of the Khan family performed. Ustadji and His family currently reside in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Ustadji and Family:
His Sons : (Left to Right) Qadir Mustafa, Rabbani Mustafa, Hasan Mustafa, Murtuza Mustafa.
His Grandsons : Aamir Mustafa, Zain Mustafa and Faiz Mustafa
COKE STUDIO : 3 Generations of the Khan family Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, his sons and grandson performing at Coke Studio for the song “Aao Balma”.
They performed with other legends of the music industry like A.R.Rahman and Sivamani
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan has not only enthralled the nation with his music, but has also given the country some enormously talented musicians.
Ustadji has been teaching music for decades, and his list of disciples includes some of the biggest names from the Indian music industry. Great musicians like Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt, A.R. Rahman, Hariharan, Shaan, Sonu Nigam, Alisha Chinoy, Sagarika consider Ustadji as their teacher and Guru.
Ustadji with his disciple, A. R. Rahman
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan with his disciples, Shaan, Hariharan and Sonu Nigam at an event.
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