Visiting Artist SeriesVocalist Ustad Mashkoor Ali KhanErnest Brown World Music Series
Vocalist and master of Indian classical music, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan is also known for his rich repertoire of rare ragas and compositions. He is celebrated internationally and brings his long teaching and performing experience to Williams in a concert sure to delight both the aficionado of the genre, and the novice.
About Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan comes from a distinguished musical line that includes some of the foremost figures in Indian Classical music. A direct descendant of the family of the great Ustad Abdul Karim Khan and the legendary Sartaj-e-Mousiqui Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, who were luminaries of the Kirana Gharana, Maskhoor Ali Khan is the son of the great Sarangi-nawaz, Padmashree Ustad Shakoor Khan, who was the grandnephew of Ustad Bande Ali Khan Beenkar, composer of numerous bandishes under the pseudonym Sabras.
Mashkoor Ali, as a true heir of his renowned forefathers and a scholar of music, continues to passionately collect rare compositions to build an elaborate vocabulary for his mellifluous vocal approach. He is credited as having one of the richest collection of melodies in the khayal genre of Indian classical music in the country.
Initiated and trained by his father for fifteen years, young Mashkoor Ali had secured a place for himself in the world of music even before his father breathed his last. Since the late 1980’s he has been nurturing students under his able wings as a Guru of the I.T.C. Sangeet Research Academy, India’s premier institute of Hindustani classical music in Kolkata, some of whom are established musicians already. He has represented and performed for the SRA numerous times in prestigious venues in India and abroad and also done recordings of over 250 rare compositions for the archives.
Numerous titles and awards have been given to him honoring his talent and unparalleled musicianship.