Mashkoor Ali Khan
A distinguished exponent of the Kirana lineage of North Indian Classical vocal music, Khan Sahib is a walking encyclopedia of traditional compositions or bandishes and has an erudite concept of ragas and a keen understanding of the various aspects of the Kirana gharana, which emphasizes numerous creative permutations of the notes of the raga. He has performed in all the major festivals and conferences in India and abroad and has many coveted awards to his credit. He is currently a senior guru with the prestigious Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, India. www.mashkooralikhan.com/ www.facebook.com/Ustad-Mashkoor-Ali-Khan-107260495961628/
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India @ 70: Music of the Kirana Gharana
AAICM hosted a very well attended event on the Music of the Kirana Gharana featuring a talk by Prof. Akeel Bilgrami and capped by a performance by Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan. This was the first concert hosted under the new Arts and Culture initiative by the CGNY. We are also very grateful to Sunny Thakkar, our co-host, for his help. We had a full house with over 250 people signed up for the event. The Hon. Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty was in attendance and Khan sahib presented him with his two recently released CDs.
MASHKOOR ALI KHAN: NEW NIMBUS RELEASE, TRANSCENDENCE "DARBARI"
Transcendence-Darbari, released July 7th on the Nimbus Alliance label, is the second of a two-part release that brings together master Indian classical vocalist Mashkoor Ali Khan with the extraordinary tabla virtuoso Anindo Chatterjee to create some sublime music reflecting the depths of their respective centuries old musical traditions. Performed deep into the night, raga Darbari is characterized by solemnity as well as a deep sense of longing and devotion. The gravitas of this raga tests the very limits of any master vocalist and it stands at the very pinnacle of the repertoire. The profound emotions of Darbari are flawlessly evoked in this recording by Mashkoor Ali Khan, which begins with a slow vilambit rendition and is followed by a faster drut composition.
Transcendence Reviewed at WorldMusicCentral.Org
http://worldmusiccentral.org/2017/04/25/moving-ragas-from-the-kirana-gharana/ Moving Ragas from the Kirana Gharana April 25, 2017 Angel Romero Leave a comment Mashkoor Ali Khan – Transcendence (Nimbus Alliance, 2017) Transcendence is a set of 5 ragas performed by Indian classical music maestro Mashkoor Ali Khan. The musical pieces featured in the album include monsoon season ‘Raga Desh, Drut bandish in Jhap tal’ that uses vocal sounds with no meaning. ‘Raga Shahana, Madhyalaya bandish in Teental’ is a raga of festivity and happiness often performed at weddings. Track 3 is ‘Raga Jhinjhoti, Madhyalaya bandish in Rupak tal & Drut bandish in Teental’, one of Mashkoor Ali Khan’s favorite compositions. ‘Raga Bhupali, Tarana in Teental’ includes vocals based on Persian and Arabic distinct sounds. The last track, ‘Raga Basant, Drut bandish in Ektal’ is a seasonal raga, traditional performed during spring. The lineup includes Mashkoor Ali Khan on vocals; Anindo Chatterjee on tabla; Kedar Naphade on harmonium; Michael Harrison and Shampa Bhattacharya on tanpura. Transcendence features masterful performances by Mashkoor Ali Khan and Anindo Chatterjee and is an excellent example of the Kirana Gharana (Kirana school) of Indian classical Music.
Transcendence Radio Report : Airplay on 81 Stations so far
http://www.crossovermedia.net/artists/mashkoor-ali-khan/projects/transcendence/ SYND: CBC Direct: MOOD, Stingray, AccuRadio Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Portland, Denver, Detroit, Berkeley, Boulder, Orlando, Louisville, Madison WI, Honolulu, HI(Network), Montreal, Toronto INTER: Canada, Mexico, Spain, Bolivia, India, Australia Online: SoundRoots, The Hindu, Saval-Javab, FIRSTPOST., Radio Universidad de Guadalajara, Mundofonias, GURU, The Eclectic Chair, Global Roots and Culture
Mashkoor Ali Khan - Transcendence is #7 on !earshot - International Ch
Transcendence comes in at #7 on the !earshot - International Chart (May 23rd, 2017) http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/index.cfm?intChartTypeID=104&dWeekOfID=2017-05-23 Transcendence, released April 7th on the Nimbus Alliance label, brings together master Indian classical vocalist Mashkoor Ali Khan with the extraordinary tabla virtuoso Anindo Chatterjee to create some sublime music reflecting the depths of their respective centuries old musical traditions. First of a two-part release, this CD contains five very special compositions drawn from Khan's rich and unparalleled collection of traditional ragas and bandishes. The tracks reflect a diverse set of ragas evoking a range of emotions from a short and lively taranaa in Bhupali to a deep and soulful rendition of Jhinjhoti.
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan: Raga Shudh Saarang in Vilambit Ada Chautala
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan: Raga Shudh Saarang Bandish in Vilambit Ada Chautala: Gun nah mohe Live recording of a concert hosted by Raga Music Circle in New York on June 12th 2016 Tabla: Nitin Mitta Harmonium: Anirban Chakrabarty Tanpuras: Anup Barua and Michael Harrison Recorded and edited by Aric Gutnick
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan Live in USA, recording from 1997
1.Miyan Ki Todi 2.Madhmad Sarang 3.Mishra Piloo Harmonium: Jyoti Goho Tabla: Anand Gopal Bandhopadyay Source: RC
NEW RELEASE ON NIMBUS: "TRANSCENDENCE" MASHKOOR ALI KHAN & ANINDO CHAT
Transcendence, released Apr 7th, 2017, on the Nimbus Alliance label, brings together master Indian classical vocalist Mashkoor Ali Khan with the extraordinary tabla virtuoso Anindo Chatterjee to create some sublime music reflecting the depths of their respective centuries old musical traditions. First of a two-part release, this CD contains five very special compositions drawn from Khan's rich and unparalleled collection of traditional ragas and bandishes. The tracks reflect a diverse set of ragas evoking a range of emotions from a short and lively taranaa in Bhupali to a deep and soulful rendition of Jhinjhoti. "Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan... transported you into a different world of inward searching and reconciliation..." His "full-throated voice, true to the minutest shruti, was just one of the plus points of his recital. Added on were his ability of exploring undetached areas of the raga, excellent dialogue delivery and a fertile imagination." - Hindustan Times
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan: Raga: Nauhar Todi, bandish in Drut Teental
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan sahib presents a rare prakar of Todi in this live recording of a morning concert. Bandish set in Drut Teental: Laj rakhho more khwaza Live recording of a concert hosted by Raga Music Circle in New York on June 12th 2016 Vocal: Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan Tabla: Nitin Mitta Harmonium: Anirban Chakrabarty Tanpuras: Anup Barua and Michael Harrison Video and edits by Aric Gutnick
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan: Raga Ramdaasi Malhar and Gaud Malhar
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan sahib presents two rare prakars (forms) of Malhar in this live recording of a concert hosted by Raga Music Circle in New York on June 12th 2016. First is raga Ramdaasi Malhar with a soulful bandish set to slow Addha tal: "Eisi ri bundariyaan..". Khan sahib's comments in the beginning: "This is not exactly the right season to sing Malhar but I will sing none the less because I don't know when I will get the chance next to sing during the monsoons here. So here is raga Ramdaasi Malhar for you. It is out of season but in New York it can rain anytime. My forefathers sang this raga and this composition but it is rare nowadays." He goes on to explain the difference in application of the note "gandhar" or ga in this raga versus in raga Miyan ki Malhar, which is the most popular form of Malhar sung now. Second, is raga Gaud Malhar with a bandish set in Drut Teental: "Umad ghumad garaja garaja...". This is a composition by the well known 19th century composer Kunwar Shyam. Vocals: Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan Tabla: Nitin Mitta Harmonium: Anirban Chakrabarty Tanpuras: Anup Barua and Michael Harrison Recorded and edited by Aric Gutnick
Kairana: How this UP town's glorious musical past faded into its troub
An article by Malini Nair at Firstpost reflecting on the changes in Kairana through the eyes of Khan sahib and others. Click here: http://www.firstpost.com/living/kairana-how-this-up-towns-glorious-musical-past-faded-into-its-troubled-present-3288226.html
AAICM Group Class: a clip from 2016 sessions
Here Sandip is teaching a bandish in Raga Yaman to Prithvi and Megha: Eri Ali Piya Bina, set to drut Teental.
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan: Raga Dhani, Bandish in Addha tal
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan: Raga Dhani. Bandish in Addha tal: Mori baiyaan na pakado giridhar shyam Live recording of a concert hosted by Raga Music Circle in New York on June 12th 2016 Khan sahib's comments in the beginning: "I am going to present a couple of bandishes in raga Dhani. The first one is by Sanad Piya, who was the court musician of Wajid Ali Shah (the last Nawab of Awadh). His court had many of the great composers of the time like Sanad Piya, Kadar Piya, Lalan Piya, Aish Piya...a lot of "piyas" (lovers). Wajid Ali himself composed as Akhtar Piya. This composition is very beautiful in its use of poetry and presentation of the words." Khan sahib goes on to demonstrate "Bol Banao" throughout his rendition. The same phrase being musically improvised and presented in many different ways, all within the Raga, to bring out the depth of its meaning and emotions. Tabla: Nitin Mitta Harmonium: Anirban Chakrabarty Tanpuras: Anup Barua and Michael Harrison Recorded and edited by Aric Gutnick
Tarana: Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan & Michael Harrison
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, vocals Daisy Press, vocalist Michael Harrison, just intonation piano and tambouras Meghashyam Keshav, tabla Composed and arranged by Michael Harrison (2016) based on a traditional vocal melody sung by Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan in raga Yaman Kalyan, ektal drut (fast 12 beat rhythmic cycle). This piece combines traditional elements of Indian classical music with just intonation harmonies, countermelodies, and Western production techniques. Produced by Chris Botta and Michael Harrison, June 2016 Photo credit: Veronique Lerebours Commissioned by New Music USA Recorded with support from the American Academy of Indian Classical Music (AAICM)
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee - Raga Bihag
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan presents a rare bandish set in Jhaptal in Raga Bihag. The specialty of this composition is that every word is repeated. Bani-Bani Thani-Thani aawat-aawat hai. Pandit Anindo Chatterjee is accompanying on tabla, supported strongly by Shri Arun Ramamurthy on Violin, with Shri Aaron Shragge on Tanpura! This is from a live recording of a concert held on Jun 7th, 2015 in New York hosted by the American Academy of Indian Classical Music at https://aaicm.viewcy.com/ and HarmoNYom at http://www.harmonyom.org/. For a streaming video of the full two hour concert please visit SangeetSabha at http://sangeetsabha.com/.
The Foundations TV interviews Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan Saahab, winner of Sangeet Natak Academy Award given to him by the President of India for Hindustani Classical music on October 4th, 2016 was travelling to Boston, right after. Here he shares his childhood stories, upbringing, training and inspirations that kept him on the path of classical music. He currently performs all over the world and devotes a large amount of his time training young voices. Here is a heart warming interview with our host Gauri Chandna
‘Our religion is to sing the glory of Ram and Rahim’
As Kairana makes news for all the wrong reasons, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, the torch bearer of Kirana Gharana, talks about therich legacy of the place and how an exponent of this family can never be out of tune.
Press: Lab of mischief is cradle of music
June 15: Kairana, chosen by the BJP for a transformation into a discordant dateline, has a mellifluous past. Kairana is the birthplace of Kirana Gharana, one of the most emotional schools in Hindustani classical music, whose practitioners include legendary singers such as Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Begum Akhtar, Gangubai Hangal, Mohammed Rafi and Roshan Ara Begum. The town in western Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district is in the news for BJP parliamentarian Hukum Singh's discredited claim of a Hindu exodus because of extortion by criminals from the minority community. Kairana was home to many families of musicians from the Mughal court, who migrated from Delhi after the empire fell in 1857. The Kirana Gharana was founded by Ustad Abdul Karim Khan and Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan in the late 19th century. Its three disciplines are rudraveena, sarangi and vocals.
Jaunpuri (Rendition of a Raga)
Composed by Michael Harrison Kimball Gallagher, piano Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Indian classical vocals Anirban Roy Chowdhury, tabla Aaron Shragge, tanpura Produced by Michael Harrison and Ryan Streber Video: Ira Meistrich Engineer: Ryan Streber Program Notes This composition is based on a traditional Indian raga and rare old vocal compositions. Jaunpuri combines Western compositional structures, notation and harmony with the basic structures and materials of Indian classical music including raga (melodic archetypes), tala (rhythmic cycles), alap (non-rhythmic introduction and development), bandish (fixed melodic composition), gamaks (melodic embellishments), taans (virtuosic riffs), and highly stylized structured improvisation. The work is based on an old tarana bandish, a special style of vocal composition, in raga Jaunpuri. With the exception of the opening alap and chorale, the entire work is in jhaptal, a 10-beat tala (rhythmic cycle). This rare composition is considered one of hundreds of family treasures of the Kirana gharana and was sung by the great Abdul Karim Khan. I learned it by ear in 2006 from my guru Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan. As with the lyrics for most tarana bandish the wording for the asthayee (first part) is musical syllables without any literal meaning. The lyrics for the antra (second part), however, are in Farsi, and refer to the romantic and tragic Persian fable of Layla & Majnun.
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan @ Thumri Festival-Part1
This is an excerpt of a live concert by Bandish Nawaz Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan Saheb. In this performance Ustad Ji has presented few of the priceless rare compositions of Thumri. Sri Gopal Mishra has accompanied him on Tabla. This concert by Ustad Ji was a prime part of Thumri Festival, which was organized by Sangeet Natak Academy at G.D.Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata. It took place on 16th November, 2008. SHOW MORE
Weekly Raga Group Singing Classes for Beginners
A rare opportunity to learn the art of raga from one of India's outstanding young classical vocalists - Sandip Bhattacharjee, disciple of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan for over 20 years. This structured group class is a great introduction to the raga melodic system from the Indian subcontinent and will focus on methods of improvisation and raga development as well as voice training techniques. This class is geared towards beginners and will continue weekly through the end of November ending in a student recital. Though the class will follow a format that will build on earlier classes, attending every session is not required and drop ins are welcome. Introduction to the Raga scale and shapes (chalan) Raga development: Aalap & sargam patterns Drut Bandish (traditional composition) Asthayee (part 1) Drut Bandish (traditional composition) Antara (part 2) Sargam patterns and composition within the Bandish Review of the complete composition Student recitals
Private lessons with Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan
Study one on one with one of the greatest living exponents of Indian Classical music. Learn more about Ustad-ji and the Kirana gharana at http://www.mashkooralikhan.com/ Class timing is indicative only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for confirming a mutually convenient time and location for the lesson.