Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Muhammad Hafeez Khan Talwandi (1933-2009) - Dhrupad from Pakistan - Talwandi Gharana

Here we present two recordings by Muhammad Hafeez Khan Talwandi (1933-2009), who was, together with his late brother, the eminent representative of the Talwandi Gharana, the only Dhrupad Gharana in Pakistan. The recordings, Ragas Bageshree & Jaijaivanti, we downloaded, if I remember right, many many years ago from the website, no longer existing, of the Lahore Music Forum or from Lahore Chitrkar, also no longer existing. 
Orginally Muhammad Hafeez Khan performed with his late older brother Muhammad Afzal Khan as a duo. In 2015 we had posted a cassette by the two brothers. 
Peter Pannke recorded them for the CD "Pakistani Soul" published in 1997 by Wergo: Rag Patdeep (14:08). He also invited them for the Festival "Pakistani Soul - Musik der Sufis aus Pakistan" in Berlin and Munich, also in 1997. This was perhaps the most beautiful Festival I ever saw.

Today's representatives of the founding family of the Talwandi Gharana of Dhrupad vocalists, Labrez Afzal Khan and Ali Hafeez Khan, also known as Talwandi Brothers, are the sons of the two older brothers and are quite active, performing in Pakistan and India. On YouTube one can find a good number of recordings by them.

For a very detailed and fascinating article on the Talwandi Gharana see:

Another fascintaing article. Read from page 147 (page 3 of the pdf):

For some beautiful recordings see:


As the original recordings have been in mp3 format we offer them here also only in mp3 format.


BT said...


Kiran said...

Fantastic Dhrupad! Many treasures were lost when such sites were taken down. Now thanks to you, they are resurfacing, and we are getting to enjoy them. I did not know about the Patdip track, very delightful indeed.

Do you know if the German Dhrupad festivals were recorded?

Also, one small point - The elder Talwandi was born in '33 & the younger Khansaab was born in '36.
Many thanks as usual....