The Rubin Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan
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Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan descends from a distinguished line of elders who reigned supreme in the world of music. He is the direct descendant of the great Abdul Karim Khan and Abdul Wahid Khan, the founders of the famous Kirana lineage. His father, the great sarangi player, Shakoor Khan was the grand nephew of Bande Ali, Beenkar, while Mehboob Baksh Khan and Aajiz Pia were Mashkoor's great grandfathers.
Mashkoor was initiated into music and trained by his father for fifteen years and secured a place in the world of music very early in life. After his father's demise, he joined the ITC-Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, as a scholar, to polish and hone his undiluted style of Kirana gayakee (singing). Now, as a Guru of both the Sangeet Research Academy, and the American Academy of Indian Classical Music, he nurtures numerous vocalists and scholars under his able wings. His recitals reveal great imagination and vocal agility. An erudite musician, he possesses a keen understanding of the characteristic styles of Kirana gayakee, emphasizing the numerous permutations of musical phrases, known as "Khandmeru."
With his celebrated lineage, Mashkoor has inherited a veritable treasure trove of "bandishes" (compositions) and an insight into rare ragas that few musicians can boast of. A true heir of his renowned forefathers, Mashkoor still continues to collect rare compositions with passion.
An A-grade artiste of All India Radio (AIR), Mashkoor has performed in national programs on All India Radio and Doordarshan, as well as in Radio Sangeet Sammelans. He has taken part in numerous festivals and conferences of classical music all over India. His superb performances have kept his audiences enthralled in Canada, USA and Europe.
Mashkoor Ali Khan's career is studded with numerous awards, like the Abhinav Kala Sammelan (1993), Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award (1994) and Swaranjali Award (1997). In Kolkata the Bharatiya Sanskriti Samsad has conferred on him the Best Vocalist Award. The Salt Lake Cultural Association honored him with the title of "Bandish Nawaz" (Prince of Song) in 1998.
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