b. November 3, 1918, Lahore, Punjab, India (then
Sangeet Praveen (Master of Music), Prayag
Sangeet Samiti Music University, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, 1963.
Sangeet Visharad (Bachelor of Music);
distinguished by placing first in the examinations, and achieving record
score on the theory paper.
After completing High School, I gave up formal
studies and devoted myself entirely to the study of Hindustani classical
music with well known Ustads. For over twenty years I was one of the
chief disciples of the late Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan Sahib of the Kirana
school of music, who, along with the late Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, was
mainly responsible for the revival of the khayal at the turn of the
century, and for the establishment of the Kirana style of Hindustani
vocal music. During this twenty years I lived with my Ustad
continuously, and occupied myself exclusively with the pursuit of music.
My co-pupils were such outstanding musicians as Gangubhai Hangal,
Hirabai Barodekar, Suresh Babu Mane, and Roshanara Begum.
The traditional Khayal, and exposition and
interpretation of raga, especially the more profound ragas in slow tempo
and in depth.
Also performs and instructs in Dhrupad, Hori,
Dhamar, Dadra, Thumri, Ghazal, and Tappa.