Ustad Aslam Khan “Khushrang“ was an honest blend of Six Traditional Indian Sangeet Gharanas. He was from Meerut, Western U.P.; he came to Mumbai in 1950 and bloomed into an extraordinary creative Musician and Vocalist. He was a bonafide voice of half a dozen schools of North Indian Classical Music. The influence of training mentoring and nourishing by his Guru Gayan Samrat Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan was so prominent and everlasting that Ustad Aslam Khan blossomed into a music icon with extraordinary singing abilities. He always used to say “Whatever I have gained in life as a performing artiste and a complete musician is due to the rigorous training given by my legendary Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan. My Guru was incomparable and unparallel”. In a grand blend of the Atrauli (Jaipur), Khurja, Hapur, Delhi, Agra and Sikandara Gharana, Ustad Aslam Khan shaped up an individual style which Hindustani Music has sadly lost forever. He had a huge repertoire from six gharanas with a sense of command and authority. He was one of the largest storehouses of rare ragas and bandishes (compositions) which he had acquired from his Gurus. Besides these, he was an encyclopedia of anecdotes and historical information of Music (al) legends.
Ustad Aslam Khan prides in being a descendant of the Hapur Gharana (Off Meerut) that shone with gems like Shaadi Khan and Murad Khan who were the court musicians of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775-1862). Each and every concert of Ustad Aslam Khan offered music lovers a golden opportunity to listen to rare gems from several traditions. Ustad Aslam Khansahab was a father figure for all his close relatives he lived with. He was a man of golden heart. He was very kind to his own Kith and Kins (family) and kept on supporting them till the end of his life.
Dilrang Academy as a whole and the full group of its members, music fans, music lovers, music students and sympathizers will ever remain grateful to Ustad Aslam Khansahab for his guardianship help and great moral support. The same way Dilrang Academy also is very happy, satisfied and proud to have served and acknowledged Ustad Aslam Khansahab and taken care of his being as a great artist and a wonderful human being. He served the cause of Indian Music with great dedication till he breathed his last. The amount of effort and chastity which he put in to gain the great knowledge and versatility was unique and remarkable. Khansahab did never get tired and his involvement and practice (riyaz) in classical music was exemplary. The huge music treasure in the form of ragas and bandishes which he has left behind will also be a leading light, guidance and milestone for the music students, fans, connoisseur musicologist and laymen alike. He always used to say “Joh accha Shagird ban sakta hain, wahi accha Ustad bhi banega”. Ustad Aslam Khansahab was a staunch fan and follower of his guru Ustad Azmat Hussain Khansahab and always did his best his to please him on all occasions.
Dilrang Academy of music and Fine Arts, all his disciples, fans, music lovers and family members pay a heartfelt tribute to the memory of such a great doyen of music.
Tributes and Memories of the Legend:
A Musician’s Musician, Ustad Aslam Hussain Khan, (14th April, 1940 to 21st March 2018) had descended from the Hapur Gharana (Meerut U.P.) of Shaadi Khan and Murad Khan whose achievements sound legendary. Ustad Shaadi Khan and Ustad Murad Khan were the court musicians of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. Ustad Aslam Khan completed 60 years of dedicated service to Indian Music. Born on 14th April, 1940, he was one of the most senior musicians of India.
“Music runs in my blood” as he replied during an interview. Ustad Aslam Khan was the representative of 500 years old traditional Musicians Family of the prestigious Khurja Gharana, Atrauli (Jaipur) Gharana, Agra Gharana and the Delhi Tanras Khan Gharana. These Gharanas have given India such giants as Haji Ustad Altaf Hussain Khan, Gayan Acharya Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan, Aaftab-e-Mausiqui Ustad Fayyaz Khan, Sangeet Samrat Ustad Allahdiya Khan and Gayan Samrat Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan. The contribution of these music stalwarts to the enrichment, promotion and popularityof Indian Music is monumental.
Aslam Khan is a child prodigy. Initially trained in music by his maternal uncle Haji Ustad Altaf Hussain Khan of Khurja Gharana, later in Mumbai in 1950, he learnt nuances of Indian Classical Music from his brother-in-law Gayan Samrat Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan Dilrang of Atrauli (Jaipur) Gharana for 20 years. He also learnt from the famous Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan Pranpiya (Agra Gharana).
Ustad Aslam Khan was an inimitable khayal maestro. His inborn genius enabled him to blend the diverse specialty of each respective Gharana into an individual style which had tremendous aesthetic appeal. Ustad Aslam Khan also sang Thumri, Dadra and Ghazals with the flair of a maestro. He was also an expert on the music & poetry of Hazrat Amir Khusro (R.A.)
Awards and Achievements:
He had to his credit more than 70 classical and ghazals albums released. Ustad Aslam Khan was a top class broadcaster and T.V. Artiste. He has almost performed in all the major Music Conferences all over India and abroad like, UK, East & West Africa, Gulf Countries and Pakistan.
He has been awarded and honored with Surmani (1969), Swarvilas Samman (1993), Sangeet Martand & Sur Sangam (1995), Swar Sadhna Vilas (1999), Music Fellowship Award (1999), Peace & Integrity Award (2000), ITC Sangeet Research Award in the year 2014. In 1982 and 1989 ‘Bazm-e-Aslam’ was organized and Khansaheb was honored and felicitated by Naushad Ali, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Khayyam and Lt. Col. Idris Latif (Then Governor of Maharashtra). This was organized by Bombay Youth Council.
He has composed several ragas and compositions under the pen name “Khushrang”. He has written Ghazals also. His compositions are very famous among the young students.
Ustad Aslam Khan was always busy in the mission of grooming new generations of musicians. He has trained more than 400 students. His disciples include name like Pankaj Udhas, Manhar Udhas & Brother’s, Vajahat Hussain Khan, Chandra Kothari, Kamla Jhangiani, Mansi Kanekar, Usha Amonkar, Vasanthi Raju, Kedar Pawangadhar, Anagha Jhaveri, Brahmand Singh, Sushant Bhende, Ram Nagraj, Shashikant Jha, T.K. Choudhary, Rajeshwari Choudhary, Kamlakar Naik, Umesh Chodhary, Rekha Narvekar, Priyanka Mathur, Alpana Ghosh, Anwar (Playback Singer) & many others.
Ustad Aslam Khan’s music had been recorded extensively by Sangeet Natak Academy, N.C.P.A., All India Radio and Samwad Foundation. He has recorded more than 400 ragas and bandishes with ITC (SRA) Saptak (Ahmedabad), SNA (New Delhi), AIR Delhi & Mumbai and Goa Kala Academy a great achievement indeed. He also recorded two CD’s of Classical Music with a French Music Co. “Raag-Sangeet” has recorded his rare Ragas with an interview. The HMV Co. (RPG) has recorded his classical ragas. Mr. Arun Khopkar recorded a documentary film “Raag Miya Malhar” superbly sung by Ustad Aslam Khan in the year 2000. In 2007 “Banyan tree” recorded the rare classical bandishes Ninad Music has recorded his live classical concert in 1998 and several ragas for two music albums yet to be released.
Recently, Ustad Aslam Khan has sung a semi classical song in the film “Kaha Se Aaye Badarwa” he also sang four other songs for another untitled Hindi film. Aslam Khan also did sing eight film songs under the music direction of Iqbal Darbar.
His art was once compared by an admirer to the “Taj – Mahal” a massive structure embellished by exquisitely delicate carving. The total effect can be summed up in one phrase – “aesthetically satisfying and traditionally authentic”.
He is a Khandani Musician belonging to the near extinct world of “Guru Shishya Parampara”. In recent times Aslam Khansaheb has been declared as one of the greatest exponents of Khayal gayaki and the senior most representative of the legendary Khurja, Atrauli (Jaipur) and Agra Gharanas.
He was very confident and said with a smiling face “I want to give the best of my music, to all music lovers but the powers that be should realize”.