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Abdul Wahid Khan

Abdul Wahid Khan

Born in 1871, Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan was one of the greatest icons of the Kirana gharana. His contribution to the revival of vilambit khayal in Indian Classical Music is considered to be an unparallel feat. Abdul Wahid Khan began his musical training with his father, Abdul Majid Khan. Around age 12 he was sent to Kolhapur to study with Haider Baksh Khan, who was a disciple of Mian Bande Ali Khan, the renowned master of the beenkar (veena) and vocal music.

Although a youthful prodigy of the Kolhapur court, remaining unchallenged after his public debut there at age 18, Abdul Wahid Khan had no inclination to spend time singing in the courts. Instead he lived a devout, reclusive life, singing in the presence of holy men and at the tombs of Sufi saints and only occasionally sang in public.

Born in Kirana, he later moved to Lahore where he made an independent career. Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan was inferred the title of "Sirtaaj-e-Mousiki" the Crown of All Musicians, The King of Music. He paid homage throughout his life to his pir the Sufi, Khwaja Ali Ahmed Nafi Alam, a saint living in Pakistan. Abdul Wahid Khan accepted very few disciples, among them Pandit Pran Nath who became one of the most important disciples.

Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan had only one surviving son, Ustad Hafizuallah Khan, who followed in his father`s footsteps to also become a great musician on the sarangi and a vocalist as well.

He passed away in Saharanpur in 1949.


Select Artist Name Gharana Raga Structure Duration Action
Abdul Wahid Khan Kirana Darbari Kanhada 34.18

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