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Sangeet Sartaj Vol 1 - Rashid Khan (Ustad) (2005)

Ustad Rashid Khan

About this album

The great grandson of Enayat Hussain Khan of Rampur - Sahaswan gharana, Rashid Khan shows little interest in music initially. It was his illustrious granduncle, Nisar Hussain Khan who discovered his inherent talent and potential and nurtured it by training him in the traditional system. Nisar Hussain Khan was a strict disciplinarian and the long and arduous training made Rashid Khan a perfect exponent of the Rampur - Sahaswan Gayaki.

This gharana owes its allegiance to the Senia traditions and has a great lineage of classical vocalists like the great legends Wazir Khan, Enayat Hussain Khan, Bahadur Hussain Khan, Fida Hussain Khan, Mustaq Hussain Khan and Nisar Hussain Khan. Rashid gave his first performance at the age of eleven, in 1977, and in the very next year performed at the ITC Sangeet Sammelan at New Delhi. He has not looked back since.

Rashid is extremely adept in producing all techniques and characteristic features of the Rampur style and apart from khayal and tarana, he is also adept at singing thumris of his native place Uttar Pradesh. Rashid is a master of the aspects of tonal variations and rhythmic dynamics but above all, he has, in abundant measure, that rare quality called taaseer - the indescribable ability to create a genuine impact on listeners. This ability has endeared Rashid to connoisseurs and laymen alike.

Raga Pooriya Dhanashree

This conjoint evening raga has immense appeal. The mood it evokes is one of deep introspection, an inward search into the recesses of the mind. The combination of the komal forms of rishab and dhaivat with the teevra madhyam, keeping the pancham and shadaj as the focal points gives this raga a strength and character of its own.

Raga Bilaskhani Todi

As the name suggests Bilaskhani Todi is said to be a composition of Mian Tansen's son Bilaskhan. Derived from Bhairavi thaat, this morning raga has Dhaivat as its dominant and gandhar as sub dominant note. Compared to the deep grief of the Mian-ki-Todi, the Bilaskhani Todi is gentler in its pathos.


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