Ustad Rashid Khan's Official Website

About Ustad

Born in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh. He received his initial training from his maternal grand-uncle, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan (1909–1993).He is the 31st generation of Mian Tansen. Rashid Khan gave his first concert at age eleven, and the following year, 1978. In April 1980, when Nissar Hussain Khan moved to Kolkata with his grandfather, he came to Kolkata at the age of 10. Rashid Khan also joined the academy at the age of 14. By 1994, he was acknowledged as a musician (a formal process) at the academy.

The Rampur-Sahaswan gayaki (style of singing) is closely related to the Gwalior gharana, which features medium-slow tempos, a full-throated voice and intricate rhythmic play.

A Legend, An Ustad

Rashid Khan includes the slow elaboration in his vilambit khayals in the manner of his maternal grand-uncle and also developed exceptional expertise in the use of sargams and sargam taankari (play on the scale). He is influenced with the style of Amir Khan and Bhimsen Joshi. He is also a master of the tarana like his guru but sings them in his own manner, preferring the khayal style rather than the instrumental stroke-based style for which Nissar Hussain was famous. There is no imitation of instrumental tone. His renderings stand out for the emotional overtones in his melodic elaboration. He says: “The emotional content may be in the alaap, sometimes while singing the bandish, or while giving expression to the meaning of the lyrics.”[5] This brings a touch of modernity to his style, as compared to the older maestros, who tended to place greater emphasis on impressive technique and skilful execution of difficult passages.

Film & Non-Film Discography

Rashid Khan has also experimented with fusing pure Hindustani music with lighter musical genres, e.g. in the Sufi fusion recording NainaPiya Se (songs of Amir Khusro), or in experimental concerts with western instrumentalist Louis Banks. He has also performed jugalbandis, along with sitarist ShahidParvez and others.

Film Discography




Music Director



“Barsat Sawan”

Mashi (Bengali Film)

Pt Bickram Ghosh

BARSAT SAWAN Full song link on YouTube


“Bol Ke Lab Azad Hain”


Sneha Khanwalkar




As composer


“Assalatul (Unplugged)”

“Milon Ke Fasle”

“Milon Ke Fasle (Unplugged)”


“Ae Ri Mai Re”


Vijay Verma


“Sakhi Ri”

Vodka Diaries

Sandesh Shandilya


“Bhara Badara”





“Jheeni Re Jheeni”





Bapi Bari Ja (Bengali)

Jeet Ganguly


“Aiyo Piyaji”


Shantanu Moitra


“Poore se zara sa”


Pritam Chakraborty


“Allah Hi Rahem”

My Name is Khan

Shankar Ehsaan Loy


“Aaoge Jab Tum Saajna”

Jab We Met

Sandesh Shandilya


“Kahe Ujadi Mori Neend”

Kisna: The Warrior Poet

Ismail Darbar


“Tore Bina Mohe Chain Nahi”

Kisna: The Warrior Poet

Ismail Darbar

Non-Film Discography

  •   Classical Wonders of India (2015)
  •   Krishna – Ustad Rashid Khan (2013)
  •   Rashid Again (2013)
  •   Baithaki Rabi – Ustad Rashid Khan (2012)
  •   Poore Se Zara Sa Kam Hai – Mausam
  •   Nirgun (2010)
  •   Kabir (2009)
  •   Shabad Kirtan Gurbani – Sawan Aaya Hey Sakhi from album (Guru ManyoGranth)(2008)
  •   Shabad Kirtan Gurbani – Holi Kini Sant Sev from album (Guru ManyoGranth)(2008)
  •   Hey Bhagwan – Ustad Rashid Khan
  •   Master Pieces Ustad Rashid Khan (2006)
  •   Yearning (2006)
  •   Reflection (2006)
  •   Masterworks From the NCPA Archives: Rashid Khan
  •   The Song of Shiva
  •   Morning Mantra (2003)
  •   Morning Mantra (2003)
  •   Selection – Raga – Megh and Hansadhwani (2002)
  •   Voice of India (2002)
  •   Yatra – A Journey of Rabindrasangeet & Hindustani Classical Bandish,with Nachiketa Chakraborty
  •   Naina Piya Se
  •   Live in Concert: Moreton Centre (2000)
  •   A Maestro in the Making (2000)
  •   The Genius of Rashid Khan (2000)
  •   The Song of Shiva (2000)
  •   In London (2000)
  •   Classical Vocal: Ustad Rashid Khan (Live At Savai Gandharva Festival, Pune)(1999)
  •   Saajan More Ghar Aao (Live) (1998)
  •   Selection – Kaushi Kanada – Charukeshi – Barwan (1996)
  •   Khyal (1996)
  •   Shyam Kalyan – Ustad Rashid Khan (1996)
  •   Rashid Khan Live In Concert (1995)
  •   Rashid Khan – Ustad Rashid Khan (1995)
  •   A Tribute to a Living Legend (1995)
  •   Raga Yaman / Raga Kirwani (1994)
  •   Rashid Khan Live In Concert (1993)
  •   Raga Bageshri / Desh (1991)

Ustad's Won Several Awards, Here's a Few


Padma Shri




Sangeet Natak Akademi Award




Global Indian Music Academy Awards (GIMA)




Maha Sangeet Samman Award




Mirchi Music Awards


Ustad's Achievements

Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust (Since 1999)

The foundation of Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust was laid by Padma Shri Ustad Rashid Khan on 1st June 1999 commemorating his mother Shakhri Begum.

The Fifth Note Global Centre of Excellence (2009)

Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust, is India's one of the premier cultural institutions.

Sangeet Graam – Agartala (2010)

The Trust had inaugurated “Sangeet Graam” in Agartala, Tripura with a concept of a musical village spread over two acres of land with an objective of expansion.

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