Rampur Sahaswan Gharana


Rampur Sahaswan Gharana is a Gharana (musical heritage) of Hindustani classical music centered in the North-Uttar Pradesh towns of Rampur and Sahaswan. Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan  was the founder of this gharana. He was the son of Ustad Mehboob Khan, a khayal singer and Veena player of the Rampur court. Rampur (UttarPradesh) which was a major centre of North-Indian classical music from the reign of its fifth nawab, Nawab Yusuf Ali (1840-1868). This line of nawabs was of Afghan origin. The second, Sahaswan is a village in the Badayun district of the same state in which most of the Gharana’s famous musicians, were born. It is near Rampur. 

The Rampur Sahaswan Gayaki (style of singing) is closely related to the Gwalior Gharana, which features medium-slow tempos, a full-throated voice and intricate rhythmic play. The gharana style is also known for the diversity and intricacy of the taans (rapid fire elaborations), as well as tarana singing.

The renowned singers of this Gharana include the first and perhaps the foremost disciple of Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan, Ustad Hyder Khan Sahab. In fact, Ustad Hyder Khan and his family plays a vital role in upbringing the legacy of this illustrious family.

Some of the exponents of Rampur Sahaswan Gharana

Chajju Khan and Nazir Khan,
Pandit Ganpat Rao 
Ustad Hafeez Khan of Gudiyani (Gurgaon).
Ustad Mushtaq Husain Khan  
Ustad Nisar Husain Khan  
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan  
Ustad Hafeez Ahmed Khan  
Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan 
Ustad Rashid Khan 
Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan 
Ghulam Hasan Khan
Shanno Khurana,
Sulochana Brihaspati ,
Arun Bhaduri, 
Deepak Chatterjee,
Pradeep Chatterjee,
Pranab Biswas, 
Prasad Kharpade, 
Chandan Das,
A. Hariharan,
Sonu Nigam and
Dr Sakuntala Narasimhan

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