GHULAM ABBAS KHAN
GHULAM ABBAS KHAN
One of the prominent young vocalists of India, Ghulam Abbas Khan belongs to the Agra Gharana which owes its allegiance to Tansen’s tradition. He was initiated into music at a tender age by his grandfather, the late Ustad Ghulam Jafar Khan, a well known sarangi player of India. Later he continued his training under the guidance of his father Padma Shri Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan, a classical vocalist of international repute. Ghulam Abbas also happens to be the grandson of the great classical vocalist of India late Ustad Mushtaq Husain Khan who was the first recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award.
Gifted with a sonorous and mellifluous voice, Ghulam Abbas sings classical khayal, ghazals, thumri, dadra, Sufi, folk, bhajans and geets with equal ease. In ghazal singing he has developed his own style which includes original compositions. He places emphasis on the aesthetic sense of poetry and composition.He is popular not only at music festivals and concerts in India but also performed abroad in countries like UK, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Thailand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., and Oman. He was invited by the Government of Mauritius to perform for the 100th Birth Anniversary of Sir Abdul Razzak Mohamed. He has also performed for the Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Shaukat Aziz. In 2007 Ghulam Abbas Khan performed in special concert held at Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House) in front of Honorable President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. In 2009 he received the Senior Fellowship Award for the research in Indian Classical Music from Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resources of India. He has released a few albums of Ghazals, Geet and Sufi. He has also sung for films and TV serials. He has many students who are quite successful in the Indian music industry. Among his students are his brother Najmi Khan, Ghulam Rasool Khan, Shariq Khan and Padmini Somasundaram.
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