Jyotiswar Vol. 2 – Ustad Rasheed Khan – Raga Ahir Lalit



Ustad Abdul Rasheed Khan Saheb is a senior most performing artist of Hindustani Classical Music in great tradition of Mian Tansen. He was born in 1908 in a family of great musicians tracing back to the great exponent of Gwalior Gayaki, Ustad Behram Khan. His initial grooming was by his father and uncle Bade Yusuf Khan Sahib. He is equally versatile in presentation of Khyal, Dhrupad, Dhama,r Thumri etc. His delineation is attractive based with the purity of Raga and all performance are always embellished with melodic and rhythmic excellence.

The special features of Khan Sahib’s Gayaki are his resonant and deep mellow voice with commendable control and resilience over three octaves, even at his age over hundred.

He is an excellent composer under pen name “Rasan Piya”, creating more than two thousand compositions rich with lyrics of literacy value. Some of his valued compositions have been recorded by world famous B.B.C. London and Iraq radio, and more than 1500 compositions have been recorded and preserved by UP Sangeet Natak Academy, Lucknow and ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata.

For last several decades, he sang on Akashvani and Doordarshan, Lucknow. He participated in Sadarang Music Conference, Lucknow Mahotsav, Dover Lane Music Conference, ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Prayag Sangeet Sammelan all over India and felicitated by UP Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1981), Banaras Hindu University (1993), EZCC and Press Club Kolkata.

He has received many award including Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1991), ITC Award (1994), Kashi Star Ganga Award (2003) and is a recipient of so many titles like “Sangeet Maharishi”, Sangeet Sartaz”, “Was Sagar” and Bandish Samrat”. In 2008 he was conferred “Sangeet Samman” by the Dover Lane Music Conference.

1Raga Ahir LalitUstad Abdul Rasheed Khan