Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Sharafat Hussain Khan (1930-1985) - 30th anniversary of his death - AIR memorial broadcast on 14th of july 1985

In honour of the great artist, we admire very much and of whose music we are especially fond, we post here a National Program of Music broadcast by All India Radio on July 14, 1985, one week after his sad and premature passing. His first and only LP we had posted in 2011. See here.

A big thank you to KF for the recording and the beautiful cover.

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan “Prem Rang” (1930 – 1985)

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan
A disciple of Ustad Faiyaz Khan and Ustad Ata Hussain Khan – A great vocalist from Agra Gharana. His approach towards music was always to expand the Raga. Take any Raga-s and Ustad-ji would sing these Raga-s at length. For example Raga Malati Basant, Raga Raisa Kanada, Raga Maluha Kalyan to name a few – He could and would sing them for about an hour plus, on an average. He was always open to greater development of his music and so he was never shy to adopt something from other musicians or their respective styles. And almost always, he was successful in blending those so called foreign elements into the musical structure of Agra Gharana that he used to prefer and perform. And then the concept he would sing would be his own “Khayal”.
He was probably one of the last musicians who performed full-length, full featured Nom-Tom Alap before Khayal. His command on Laya (rhythem) was also great which is visible (audible, I mean) in various pieces that are presented here. He was blessed with a voice which he successfully preserved and cultivated to suite his imagination.
He was never tired of singing because he loved his music. Once a mehfil was organized in Ahmedabad and the organizer requested Ustad-ji to sing without microphone and without Harmonium accompaniment to get the essence of music in untainted form. Ustad-ji agreed. The mehfil eventually turned out to be a whole night concert where Ustad-ji sang Nom-Tom Alap, Vilambit (Traditional Composition) and Drut Khayal (His own composition) in Raga Savani (a variant with Komal Gandhar) followed by Raga Jaijaivanti, Vilambit and Drut, followed by Raga Nat Bihag, Drut Khyal, Raga Sohini, Drut Khayal. As it was about sunrise, He started Raga Ramkali – Vilambit & Drut. In the end he sang a Dadra in Raga Bhairavi. Fortunately this concert was recorded and recently it has been published as a set of 4 CDs by Sangeet Kendra.
from: https://utterjoy.wordpress.com/2007/07/11/ustad-sharafat-hussain-khan-prem-rang-1930-1985-2/


LolaRadio said...

wonderful voice indeed. Thanks for sharing it (again)

Anonymous said...

Amamzing, thanks much for the share! I have an excellent version of Kafi Kanada by Ummeed Ali Khan that I would like to share with you, what e-mail are you at?


Tawfiq said...

I have the CD published by Shalimar with Kafi Kannra and some other Ragas. The track is 29 minutes long. Is it the same you have?

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is the same. But I only have the Kafi Kanada. Could you please share the other tracks when you get the chance? Thanks much

Tawfiq said...

You can find the complete CD here:

Anonymous said...

Got it. Excellent, thank you!

MarviniusMartinium said...

Dear friend in Asian Music

I like asian music but am a novice, would it be possible to create sound bites of the gems you are offering so that people like me have a better idea of what thery're downloading...if you can it would be great...muito obrigado/thank you very muchly/merci beau coup/grazia/ danke schone...

Tawfiq said...

This would take much too much time. I have already very little time to post anything. As the downloads are for free, you can download whatever seems interesting to you and delete it afterwards if you don't like it. Why should I sacrifice more of my time so that you can save a little of your time!?!