Ustad Bahadur Khan was one of the three celebrated musician sons of the great maestro Ustad Ayet Ali Khan. Bahadur Khan`s brothers, Ustad Abed Hossain Khan and Ustad Mobarak Hossain Khan were famous Sarod and Sitar maestros. Born on January 19, 1931 in Shibpur, Comilla district, now in Bangladesh, Bahadur Khan received his initial taleem from his father and thereafter from his uncle, the legendary Ustad Alauddin Khan in Maihar. His senior cousins, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Shrimati Annapurna Devi also guided him for a long time. Eventually settling down in Calcutta, he also practiced vocal music and earned many gold medals for his performances. Ustadji`s special contribution to Indian classical music was that he could wonderfully combine folk music elements with that of the classical music, making a unique niche for himself among fellow musicians. He was a regular performer at the All India Radio, Radio Pakistan, and Radio Bangladesh. His extensive performance tours took him across Europe, Asia and North America. He was also an honorary delegate of India to the former USSR and China.
Bahadur Khan composed and directed music for most of legendary Indian filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak`s films, including Meghe Dhaka Tara, Komal Gandhar and Ajantrik and received the best music director award for Subarnarekha. He also directed music for documentary films on Rabindranath Tagore and painter Jamini Roy, and was highly esteemed in the film music industries of Bombay and Calcutta.
Ustadji was a highly sought-after musical guru, and a faculty member at the Ali Akbar College of Music, in California, USA. His disciples include his son, Bidyut Khan (sarod), his nephew Shahadat Hossain Khan in Bangladesh (sarod), Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (sarod), Kalyan Mukherjee (sarod) and Manoj Shankar (sitar); his younger son, the late Kirit Khan (sitar) had also trained under him. All these acclaimed classical musicians have spread, through their music, the legacy of Ustad Bahadur Khan.
Ustadji died on October 3, 1989 in Calcutta, India. Every year, a one-day music festival takes place commemorating his death anniversary in Calcutta, India (organized by `Ustad Bahadur Khan Music Circle`) whereas in Bangladesh, his disciples are spreading his legacy through the `Ustad Ayet Ali Khan Sangeet Niketan`
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