Ustad Rashid Khan is one of the leading Indian classical vocalists of the North Indian Hindustani music tradition. He admits his lineage to the Rampur-Sahaswan Ghrana. Ustad Inayat Hussain is his great grand father.
Early Life of Rashid Khan
Ustad Rashid Khan was born on 1st July in the year 1966 at Badayun, India. He was inducted to the music at very tender age and received fundamental training under his maternal granduncle, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan. Under the strict discipline of Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan, Ustad Rashid Khan used to go for voice training (sur sAdhanA) from four in the morning. He used to practice one single musical note for the whole day. For a child this kind of training undoubtedly is tedious, but this left an immense impact today in to his easy mastery of taan (glissandos) and layakaari. Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan is his uncle. Since his childhood he possesses a little interest in music. During his time at Mumbai, he has been trained under Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
Career in Music for Rashid Khan
In the year 1977, Ustad Rasid Khan gave his first stage performance. He has also performed at the ITC concert held at Delhi
in the next year. Later on in the year 1980, as Nissar Hussain Khan shifted to the ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA), Calcutta, Rasid Khan along with him came to live in Kolkata
and was admitted to the academy. The academy admitted him in the year 1994, as musician. Ustad Rasid Khan started exhibiting his unique style of performance through his Vilambit Khayals. His presentation of `Vilambit Khayals` reflects the style that his maternal uncle propagated. Ustad Rasid Khan always attempted to use properly the traits of Rampur Sahaswan style in his execution. Taankari done by him has been regarded as a powerful one.
Performances of Rashid Khan
Ustad Rasid Khan has also been acknowledged as the master of `Tarana`. The quality of voice that he possesses has also been regarded as the reflection of ` best tradition of the Rampur Sahaswan gharana`. Through out his professional career Ustad Rasid Khan has exhibited his performance at highly esteemed occasions. In the year 1981, he has performed at the Bombay Gharana Sammelan. At the release of "Great Masters of Indian Music" in the year 1986, he has exhibited his performance. Festival of India Committee conducted the programme. Acknowledging his talent, All India Radio
started broadcasting his executions. From the year 1987, he started executing there. CBS Music Co. released his first music album with them. Then after many company released cassettes with him. In the year 1989, 1990 and 1994, he has executed at the Tansen
Classical Music Conferences. In the year respectively 1989, 1992, 1993, and 1994, he has performed at Dover Lane Music Conference held in Kolkata
. Ustad Rasid Khan has also performed abroad. He has performed in the countries like U.K., France, U.S.A., Canada, Italy, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Ustad Rasid Khan was a child prodigy who with his `technical grasp, creative aesthetics, deep, rich, sonorous voice` however grew as the living legendary Indian classical performer. Through his `performance, voice, phrasing, virtuosity, sensitivity, khyal singing, alaap, slow or fast tempo, bandishes, bol-bunt or taan and total control over sur and taal` he has always been mesmerizing his audiences. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
, maestro of Indian classical music a few years ago has commented on Ustad Rasid Khan that, `There is now at least one person in sight who is an assurance for the future of Indian vocal music--- an assurance for the future of Indian vocal music`.