The Rampur Sahaswan gharana find its origins in Mehboob Khan, the chief khyal singer the royal court of Rampur State (in present Uttar Pradesh), his tradition was followed by his son Inayat Hussain Khan (1849–1919) and in turn by Inayat’s brother-in-laws, Haider Khan (1857-1927), and Mushtaq Hussain Khan (d. 1964) , thus all the singers were connected with each other, and gharana was named after their ancestral place, Sahaswan, in present Badaun district.
The style has influences of the Dhrupad singing typical of the Gwalior gharana, and the Rampur-Shahaswan style is sometimes regarded as an off-shoot of the Gwalior gharana.
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. The gharana style is also known for the diversity and intricacy of the taans (rapidfire elaborations), as well as tarana singing.
Ghulam Sadiq Khan is a prominent exponent of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana. He was initiated into music at the age of nine by his father Ustad Ghulam Jafar Khan who was an Indian sarangi player. Later, he continued his training under the guidance of Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana and the first recipient of the Padma Bhushan award in India.
Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khab specializes in the khayal vocal style and also sings thumri, dadra, and bhajans. He has performed in India and abroad in the U.K., Australia, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Mauritius, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, China and Afghanistan. He is a top graded artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan (TV).
During the course of his career he has educated many disciples, including Jaspinder Narula (a Bollywood playback singer) and his son, Ghulam Abbas Khan who is a khayal and ghazal vocalist. He worked as Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Delhi.
In 2005, he received the Padma Shri (India’s fourth highest award) for his contribution to Indian classical music. (Wikipedia)
Though not as well known and regarded as other classical singers of the current generation, I find there is lots of love about the voice and singing style of Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan. He has a wonderful range and is especially exciting at the lower end of his register. There is also a gentleness, even a softness, to his tone which suits the material of this collection, much of it built around thumri, perfectly.
The more I listen to this record the more I love it. I hope you do too.
01 Raga Abhogi
02 Raga Gaud Malhar
03 Raga Basant
04 Raga Durga
05 Raga Desh
06 Raga Lalit
07 Raga Shahana
08 Raga Madhukaus