Ghazal Maestro and Bhajan Samrat
Ustad Moinuddin Khan
Born in a family of traditional musicians, Ustad Moinuddin Khan began his studies at a very young age under the tutelage of his father, Ustad Shadi Khan. Today, Moinuddin Khan is counted amongst the leading exponents of the illustrious Beenkar of Senia Gharana, which is inherited, from his father, Ustad Shadi Khan, who was a leading disciple of Ustad Ahmed Baksh Khan.
Moinuddin Khan worked with All India Radio, Indore for a number of years. He was always invited to perform in the prestigious music conferences held all over India. Being such a remarkable musician, he twice performed Sarangi solo, in the "All India Radio National Highlights" before a national audience. Moinuddin Khan became a highly respected performing partner for artists of such stature as Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Ustad Amir Khan, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Begam Aktar, Ustad Faiyaz Khan, and many others.
Moinuddin Khan has also been active as a master teacher of sarangi, violin, and voice. He has taught many people who are professional musicians, and are also associated with All India Radio. It is through these teaching endeavors that he strives to perpetuate the richness and beauty of his vast musical heritage.
Ayub Khan was born into a family of hereditary musicians who have carried with them a rich knowledge of traditional tabla repertoire. He was trained under his father Ustad Reheman Khan, the tabla maestro. During his training with his father, Ayub Khan received the knowledge of the four main tabla gharanas, namely Delhi, Ajarada, Farukhabad, and Lucknow, that he works to preserve today. Ustad Reheman Khan received the knowledge of these gharanas from his gurus, namely his father Chowdury Ajmeri Khan, a disciple of Ustad Nunhei Khan of the Delhi gharana, Ustad Masit Khan of the Farukhabad gharana,Ustad Azim Khan, father of the great Ustad Nizamuddin Khan, and the legendary Khalifa Ghulam Hussain Khan, Farukhabad and Lucknow, and representative of the repertoire of Ustad Munir Khan. It is the tabla repertoire of these great Ustads, including Ustad Jamal Khan (Hyderabad Sindh, Pakistan), Ustad Reheman Khan's elder brother, that Ayub Khan possesses and preserves.
Since his first tour of the US in 1997, he has performed at many prestigious venues, including: The Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, Hunter College, and New York University.. Presently he is associated with Naad-Niket, Center for Propagation of Indian Music, in India. He is here in the US performing with Raj Arts Management, and closely affilliated with the Kalavant Center for Music and Dance.
Anup Jalota Sings for CRY