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Ustad Yunus Husain Khan (Darpan)

Agra Gharana

Download Raag "Jogwanti"  37:20 minute

Composed by Ustad Yunus Husan Khan Saheb.


Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan was one of the foremost vocalist in the country.  He was the “KHALIFA” (successor) of the celebrated  AGRA GHARANA, which has an unbroken family history going back over five hundred years.  Trained in the rigorous manners of his heritage by his illustrious father, the Late Ustad Vilayat Husain Khan.  Who’s contribution to the advancement of music in the present century is monumentel.

The contribution of “Agra Gharana” (derived from the old Nohar bani) to the continuity of classical vocal music of North India is undisputed. From the early medieval period to the present day, this musical tradition has carried a treasure of musical forms, Ragas, Compositions and a unique gayaki of its own.  Within these five centuries, Witnessing the glories of Lodhi, Suri dynasty, Tomar and Mughal Rajya, Rajput States and colonial rule, this tradition has reached Free India.  Originating from Haji Sujan Khan Nohar (1974-1599), a contemporary of Ibrahim Lodhi, Alakh Dad, Miyan Tansen the court Singer of Akbar, this tradition has produced a number of distinguished musicians.

Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan has been prominent in the Hindustani Musical scene for more than five decades and has carried himself eminently as a worthy representative off the glowing musical heritage of INDIA, at the national as well as at the international level.  Possessed with a rich voice and superb musicianship, he sings AGRA GHARANA GAYAKI in his own individuality.

He has left a valued collection of his compositions under the nom-de-plum “DARPAN” and several ragas, viz Sujani malhar, Devyani, Nat Deepak, Husaini Bhairav, Nohar Todi, Ahiri Bihag, Lalita Sohini, Jogwanti etc.

 

Ustad Yunus Husain Khan was also, a scholar and teacher of music. He has been a lecturer, Reader, and Professor of music at University of Delhi, Visva Bharti University of Santiniketan and Sangeet Research Academy at Calcutta.  During 1985-86, he taught at the University of Washington in the Ethnomusicology Programme and also gave lectures and demonstrations in the University of British Culombia, Canada. Ustad Yunus Husain Khan has settled in Delhi.

 

SOME ACHIEVMENTS OF USTAD YUNUS HUSSAIN KHAN SAHEB

1.    Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan Saheb composed 9 Ragas, which are unique like Sujani Malhaar, Lalita Sohini, Devyani, Nat Deepak, Nav Bihag Jogwanti, Husaini Bhairav and Nohar Todi.

2.    Khan Saheb composed more than Hundred compositions.

3.    He visited several countries such as America, France, Holland, England, Germany, Canada, Austria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Italy, Japan to spread Indian Classical Music.

4.    Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan Saheb was associated with Delhi University, Vishva Bharti Shanti Niketan University, Seattle (America) University apart from this he was also associated with ALL INDIA RADIO and SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY.

He wrote and also composed many Patriotic Songs. These songs reflect National Integration and Secularism. He had many disciples in India and as well as in abroad.

He will always be remembered for his dedication towards his work. He served Indian Classical Music till he breathed his last.  

HIS COLLEAGUES REMEMBERED HIM

Yunus Bhai was a favourite musician of the period. - Pt. Ravi Shankar

Ustad Vunus Hussain Khan Saheb was a great Kalakar he served music till the day of his death. He had many disciples - Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan Saheb was not only a sensitive vocalist but also noted for his versatility as an erudite scholar, gifted composer and innovator too. - Dr. Sumati Mutatkar.

Like the Taj Mahal of Agra Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan of Agra will ever be remembered as a valuable monument of Music. - Naina devi

Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan was a great artist of Indian Classical Music. He was also an encyclopedia of Music. - Pt. Nikhil Ghosh.

 

FAMILY TREE

SUJAN KHAN

(1500 A.D. Period of AKBAR)  

 

SURGYAN KHAN  

 

QADAR SHAH

(Period of Jehangir)  

 

DAYAM KHAN

(Period of Shahjehan)

 

QAYAM KHAN

(Period of Mohammed Shah Rangile)

 

JUNGU KHAN

1791 - 1852

(Period of Bahadur Shah Zafar)

 

SHER KHAN

1815 - 1862

 

NATTHAN KHAN

1840 - 1901

(H.H. Chamaraj Wadiar Mysore)

 

VILAYAT HUSAIN KHAN

1892 -1962

 

YUNUS, HUSAIN KHAN

1927 - 1991

Genealogical Tree of the Agra Gharana prepared by VHK with the reference of the book. A in-e-Akbari, Raaga Darpan & Madunal Musiqi.

 

CONTACT ADDRESS

 

ASIF HUSAIN KHAN

S/O Ustad Yunus Husain Khan

1824 B.D. Gali Rajan

Kucha Chelan,

Darya Ganj,

Delhi 110002 

p.p. 3255944

p.p. 3251964

 

ARIF HUSAIN KHAN  

C/O Anuradha Gupta

48/61

24 Darya Ganj

New Delhi 110002

 

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