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Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan “DILRANG” was not merely a legend but also a phenomenon. Music was his divine bliss, as if he resided in Music. He was amongst the last of the era of Khandani musicians belonging to the near extinct world of Guru-Shishya Parampara…

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DILRANG ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND FINE ARTS has been formed to Promote, Encourage, and Develop the Art of Classical Music and to organize Kavi Sammelans, Mushairas, Seminars, Discussions and Debates on Music and Fine Arts, Music Competitions, as well as to render Financial, Medical and Educational help to needy and deserving artists and their families.

The DAMFA is committed to the promotion of Arts, culture and especially Indian classical music. It aims to preserve our rich cultural heritage and promote it among the common men, by exposing them to the best of what we have in our musical tradition. This aspect deserves special attention to day as more and more of our youth are getting alienated from this rich classical Tradition, overwhelmed as they are by the massive cultural invasion of our lives through television and now the internet.

Since the inception of the Academy in the year 1995, it has very successfully organized more than 45 major musical events and cultural events consisting of Sangeet Sammelans, Mushairas, Ghazal evenings and felicitations of many noted Music Personalities and Men of Letters.

We have been organizing Dilrang Music Festivals Parampara Concert and Shabe – Ghazals for the last more than 30 years, under the Banner of Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan Memorial Committee. Finally in the year 1995 we got the Dilrang Academy officially registered. In spite of a severe lack of funds, we took the musical mission ahead with our own humble effort. We feel very happy in expressing our great sense of gratitude towards our honorable members of the academy and specially our donors, advertisers, sponsors and well wishers, who have supported us and given us great encouragement, morally as well as financially.

The academy has been successful in publishing, the first part of the poetry compilation of Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan Maykash Atraulvi, namely “Arsh – e – Mohabbat” in the year 1996. A grand Mushaira was organized on the occasion and Music Director Khayyam, released the book as the Chief Guest. In the year 2000 Music Director Naushad Ali was invited as the Chief Guest in Academy “Parampara Music Festival”. Both Khayyam and Naushad paid highest tribute to the greatness of Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan Dilrang, with whom they were attached for quite a long time besides Prithviraj Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, Kanhaiyyalal and Anwar Hussain. The Academy organized felicitations and also helped several deserving artists, families, educationally and medically under the Academy’s “Free Check-up scheme for Artists”. We are especially grateful to the panel of specialized Doctors, who gave their consent to make our scheme successful and also helped practically. We are sure to get more specialized Doctors on our panel, which will help us practically to materialize our “Free check-up-Scheme”.

The Academy has decided to organize “PARAMPARA” a Gharana Music Feast to make the world aware of the great contributions of the traditional Gharanas and their stalwarts towards the progress, popularity and development of the Indian Classical Music, Vocal and Instrumental both. The “PARAMPARA” Music Festival will be a permanent annual feature of the Academy.

In the year 2000 we honored Ustad Yakub Hussain Khan Sahab, a Veteran Vocalist and an accomplished Music Scholar in the Music Festival. We also felicitated Prof. A. A. Syed a dedicated teacher and music lover. Our intention is very clear and practical and as done in the past several years, we have taken many positive steps to preserve and promote our Indian Music & Arts. We do have all the potentials to do it on a very large scale. It is obvious that the Academy depends on the munificence of the citizens of Mumbai, music lovers, disciples and the admirers of Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan “Dilrang”.

All these activities need the support and patronage of music lovers and we request them to help us in our mission by donating generously to the cause. This year being the centenary year of Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan, we plan to bring out a collection of his memoirs and autobiographical writings in English in order to make it accessible to a wider readership in India and abroad. As a record of the musical environment of its time as well as a collection of the splendors of the past, this massive book will be a Collector’s item.

In the centenary year (2011) of Gayan Samrat Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan, the Dilrang Academy of Music & Fine Arts sought to highlight the contributions made by Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan. We organized three major classical concerts in Mumbai many senior and celebrity artistes participated and paid tribute. “Classical Gems”, “Dilrang Bandishes” and “Rare Ragas” All the three major concerts were highly successful.

  • Dilrang Academy of Music and Fine Arts, Mumbai Registered 1995.
  • Active Since last 40 years. Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan was felicitated with state honors in the year 1974 with hands of his excellency Nawab Sahab Ali Yavar Jung, Governor of Maharashtra, then.
  • First Memorial Program for Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan organized by Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan Memorial Committee in 1976.
  • Since 1976 till today we have organized more than 70 Music festivals, Mushairas and Kavi Sammelans so far, Dilrang Academy was registered officially in the year 1995.
  • The entire senior most celebrities artistes and number of young artistes have participated in our Dilrang Music Festivals.
  • Many deserving artistes Journalists and Musicologist have been honored and felicitated by our academy.
  • Many poor and economically weak musicians are helped medically and financially by our Dilrang Academy.
  • In the year 2011 Birth Centenary of Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan Dilrang was celebrated and continuous 5 programs were organized sponsored by Tata Capital and many other Corporate Houses and Banks.
  • In 2014, the Dilrang Academy was successful in getting support from the Municipal Corporation, Mr. Clive Dias Councilor K-East Ward, H.H. Shriji Maharana Arvind Singh of Mewar, Udaipur and H.H. Maharawal Mahipal Singhji Dungarpur to get a Chowk in Marol, Andheri East renamed after Pranpiya Gayanacharya Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan. On that occasion the academy organized a function to inaugurate the name plate.
  • In the year 1986, the BMC renamed a road in Mumbai, in the name of Gayan Samrat Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan Dilrang as a Tribute.
  • The academy has no accommodation of its own to run the classes and is in severe lack of funds, we need urgent support financially.

Dilrang Academy, a non-profit charitable trust in Mumbai, having been formed more than 35 years ago with the honest intent of uplifting the noble cause of service to our age old heritage Hindustani Classical Music.

The Academy has also upheld the sincere efforts to highlight and bring into the spotlight the achievements and creative works of the glorious Atrauli (Jaipur), Khurja and Agra Gharana embodied by none other than the one and only Master and Doyen, Gayan Samrat Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan.

Dilrang Academy as a Charitable organization has a host of purely sacrosanct forward looking and highly lofty projects at hand, in carrying forward this glorious tradition of music to the generation next, to help needy musicians and fend for their musical needs, and to train talented youngsters who cannot afford high fees generally charged by other musicians of the day.

In order to realize all these dreams, Dilrang Academy has strived hard in its Endeavour all these years to make its presence felt and to gather support and favor.

Dilrang Academy has in the past, ever since its inception, organized quality concerts of the well known as well as upcoming young musicians.
The academy is an established Charitable Trust having all the necessary registrations and permissions.

It has been filing Income Tax Returns regularly every year till date and has also renewed Section 80 G Income Tax deduction certificate. The accounts have been regularly and properly audited by the Chartered Accountant.

We, senior disciples of the glorious school of music (gharana) are training various youngsters, boys and girls to perpetuate the tradition with sincerity and dedication. For this purpose, the academy sends out appeals to you all to make available a decent place in Greater Mumbai which can house our Academy premises and rooms for conducting classes, seminars and discussions.

Our academy has also organized Seminars, Mushairas, and Poetry readings apart from full-fledged concerts at reputed venues. We have conferred Awards, given prizes and assistance in acquiring quality premises for our academy and any other form of support.

Dilrang Academy has been acknowledged and recognized in the past by several connoisseurs, other senior musicians, public figures and persons holding important positions in the government and private sectors.

From time to time the academy has received modest help in our endeavor in organizing several concerts, Shairy and Mushaira programs, and other types of programs enhancing and uplifting our great cultural heritage and art.

We, disciples of this great Agra, Atrauli and Khurja tradition and of the great lineage of Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan, request you to be a part of our group, join in by donating handsomely and giving your share in raising funds for this great academy.

Lastly, we thank everyone for respecting and recognizing this great Academy and in anticipation of your continuing support and assistance and your presence by our side as always.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,
Vajahat Hussain Khan
(Secretary, Dilrang Academy)

Indian Classical Music has always been associated with its deep and rich heritage. In its 800 years old traceable tradition, Indian music has produced countless gems and their traditions are spread over many gharanas.

The Dilrang Academy of Music and Fine Arts is planning to publish a book to honor one such extra ordinary gem, who has achieved an enviable position in the history of traditional Indian Classical Music. Gayan Samrat Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan “Dilrang” (1911 – 1975). An extraordinary vocalist, sensitive poet, teacher and musicologist, his contribution towards the development of India’s Music tradition and towards increasing the popularity of classical Indian music and poetry is monumental.

Originally hailing from the Atruali-Jaipur Gharana, Khansaheb due to ties of marriage also had links with the Khurja, Agra and Delhi Tanaras Khan, Gharanas.

The book our academy proposes to publish is Khansaheb’s own extensive memories which highlight:
1. Insightful anecdotes about some of our greatest musicians of all times.
2. Over a hundred “Bandishes” (Compositions) by great musicians like Swami Haridas, Nayak Baiju, Nayak Chirjoo, Saint Bhikanshah, Miyan Achpal, Miyan Sadarang, Miyan Adarang, Miyan Manrang, Miyan Mohammed Hussain “Tansen”, Hazrat Amir Khusrau, Ustad Zahoor Baksh Khan “Ramdas”, Ustad Allahdiya Khan “Ahmed Piya”, Ustad Mehboob Khan “Daraspiya”, Ustad Tanras Khan, Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan “Dilrang”, Ustad Fayyaz Khan “Prempiya”, Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan “Pranpiya”, Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan “Darpan” and many others.
3. The origin and evolution of other Gharanas in general and Atrauli-Jaipur and Agra Gharanas in particular.

This book will not only be an autobiography of Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan Saheb, but will also offer valuable and authentic references and information on the evolution of India’s rich musical heritage and tradition. This book will be very useful to music lovers, musicologists and will be an excellent guide to the future generation of music lovers.

This book tentatively titled “Journey into Musical Century” will be of 250 pages and we expect that the printing cost of the same will be around Rs. 300,000.00 Contributions in full or part towards the publishing of this book will be tax exempt under section 80G,and the Academy will be suitably acknowledge all donors in the book. Your contributions towards this cause will help us in our endeavor to increase musical awareness and understanding of the Indian Classical Music.

The Dilrang Academy of Music and Fine Arts, Mumbai, has taken up the task of publishing this book and we earnestly request your valuable contribution and donations towards making this project a grand success.

Thanking You,

Yours Sincerely,
Vajahat Hussain Khan

Dilrang Academy of Music and Fine Arts, (Regd.),
C/o. V.H. Khan, Cliff End Co-op. Hsg. Sty. Ltd., 14/3/1, Bhawani Nagar, Marol Maroshi Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400059
Tel: 022-29259507
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