Bade Ghulam Ali Khan

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Bade Ghulam Ali Khan was born in 1901 to the legendary Khan Saheb Ali Baqsh. His early life was spent in Lahore. At the age of 7 he was put under Khan Saheb Kale Khan of Patiala for training which continued for 10yrs. After Kale Khan Saheb"s death he recieved musical training from his own father. He also got the oppurtunity to learn from Ashiq Ali (of the tanras gharana) and from Baba Sindhi Khan.

Bade Ghulam Ali Khan gave his first performance in 1944 in Mumbai which was attended by great musicians as Fayyaz Khan, Hafiz ali Khan , Ustad Alladiya Khan and Ustad Allaudin Khan.

He recieved several prestigious awards which included the Padmabhushan in 1961 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1962.

The great musician left us on 23rd of April 1968 in Hyderabad. His being is said to have merged into "Nadabrahma" - the eternal bliss through music.

Bade Ghulam Ali Khan also used to write several compositions under the name "Sabrang". One of his favourite Bhajan was " Hari Om Tatsat"

Bade Ghulam Ali Khan is said to have immortalised the presence of Patiala Gharana.

Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Sahib was universally acknowledged as the greatest interpreter of the patiala gayaki of this century. Born in kasur and was only 7 when his uncle Ustad Kale Khan Sahib took him under his wing, it was when ustad kale khan sahib died ten years later then bade ghulam ali khan sahim continued his training under his own father ustad ali baksh khan.

While bade ghulam ali khan sahib concetrated on the more classical aspect of khyal singing his younger brother ustad barkat ali khan excelled in the light Classical form. Ustad bade ghulam ali khan sahib had two sons karamat ali khan and munawar ali khan. In order to keep the patiala gharana gayaki of ustad bade ghulam ali khan"s younger son munawar ali khan sahib learnt music and transfered into the other members of the family in which mazhar ali khan, jawaad ali khan, naqi ali khan,the real direct decendent of ustad bade ghulam ali khan who are resident of new delhi, india. Munawar ali khan sahib has his own son raza ali khan who is also keeping the tradition alive.

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Britannica Artist Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan

Whether it was a
khayal with a courtly theme, a thumri with wistfully romantic
word content or a bhajan with highly devotional words, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan could always put his heart and soul into the song..


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