Ustad Amir Khan

Ustad Amir Khan (1912-1974) was an intellectual and talented classical vocalist, who was the founder of the Indore Gharana. His style was influenced by three great giants of his younger days - Bahre Wahid Khan, Rajab Ali Khan and Aman Ali Khan His music combined the massive dignity of dhrupad with the ornate vividness of khayal. Super fast tans in a highly premeditated pattern was another characteristic feature of the Ustad's gayaki. He chose highly serious, expansive traditional ragas like Todi, Bhairav, Lalit, Marwa, Malkauns, Kedara, Hamsadhvani and Darbari and slow talas like Jhumra and Tilwada in his renditions. The induction of Hamsadhvani, a Carnatic raga, into Hindustani music, owes its success to Amir Khan. He is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1967), the Presidential Award, the Swar Vilas from Sur Singar Sansad (1971) and the prestigious Padma Bhushan (1971).