Ustad Amir Khan - Indore Gharana of Khayal Style
in Indian Classical Music
Learning of Music -
In the world of music, Ustad Amir Khan is an ideal for those, who follow him. Who do not follow him; it is difficult for them also to ignore him. Ustad Amir Khan’s contribution is acknowledged as a link between the old conventions of classical music and new values. As per his name, he was ‘prosperous’ [Amir] of genius and imagination, based on aesthetic sense. He is considered as an artist of artists.
Even today Performances of Khan Saheb are preserved in the form of gramophone records, audio cassettes and CDs, and are available for desiring listeners. It is hoped that it will remain available in distant future also. The present and coming generations can enjoy by listening to it, and intelligent students of music can also take guidance from it in development of their singing style. Nevertheless, no authentic book has been written based on facts, determined after total investigations and research about him, which throws light on his style. Before my research project, the information provided in publications and in individual recollections, scattered here and there, could not fulfill this purpose. Therefore, I made humble attempt to fulfill this void from 1988 to 1993. From 1986, I am disciple of well known classical vocalist, Acharya Goswami Gokulotsavji Maharaj of Indore. Since then, I am receiving guidance in Khayal and Tarana style from him. Goswamiji is influenced by the style of Ustad Amir Khan. Therefore, I got an opportunity to receive training of Khayal and Tarana styles on that pattern. In my research work, this training was very much helpful to me in analyzing that style minutely. I am thankful to him for the same.
The result was that Vikram University, Ujjain [M. P.] conferred on me the degree of Ph. D. Music in 1993. Thereafter, my research work has been published in the form of book, in the year 2000, for the benefit of curious lovers of music. Vikram University had given a grant under the scheme of the University Grant Commission, and it was published in Hindi by Classical Publishing Company, New Delhi.
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Dr. Ibrahim Ali
Asst. Prof. Music
Govt. Kalidas Girls College, Ujjain,
Supervisor & Research Guide for doctoral thesis
For Vikram University, Ujjain
And Online Teacher of Indian Classical Music
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Ujjain [M.P.] 456006