Artists Information

Abdullah Khan - Shehnai

Abdul Sattar Tari - Tabla

Abdul Sattar Tari Khan belongs to the famous Punjab gharana of tablanawazi and was trained under the Ustad Mian Shaukat Hussain Khan from the age of six.

Ustad Tari Khan's percussion art is a combination of artistic purity, charisma, lyricism, and expressive innovation that has earned recognition at home and abroad as an accompanist as well as a solo performer.

Now settled in the United States, Tari Khan’s stay abroad has also resulted in his interaction with great artistes of the sub-continent. He had the chance to perform with Professor V. G. Jog, Pandit Jasraj, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ustad Wilayat Khan and others. In Pakistan, he has had the honour of accompanying Ustad Nazakat Ali/Salamat Ali Khan, Roshan Ara Begum, Ustad Amanat Ali/Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Ghulam Hussain Shaggan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan Sitarnawaz and Ustad Sharif Khan Poonch-waley among others

Abid Hussain - Ghazal

Akhtar Hussein - Sarangi

Aliya Rasheed - Dhrupad

Aliya Rasheed acquired rigorous musical training from the prolific Gundecha Brothers in Bhopal. Strict practitioners of the Guru-Shishya parampara, they tutored Aliya in their Gurukul- a residential school that follows the ancient Indian style of learning- Dhrupad Sansthan, for four years. During this time, she imbibed the complex and elaborate grammar and aesthetics of Dhrupad gayeki.

Since her return she has been performing to much acclaim and is also teaching at the National College of Arts Department of Musicology.

Ustad Allah Lok Khan - Pakhawaj

Ustad Allah Lok was born in Faisalabad in 1950. His father, Hussain Buksh was a harmonium player who placed Allah Lok under the guidance of Pakhawaj maestro Ustad Inayat Khan, a disciple of the distinguished Pakhawaj player Ustad Malang Khan Burewale. After his initial training, Allah Lok trained uder Ustad Faiyyaz Khan, the son of Ustad Malang Khan.

Allah Lok has accompanied Ustad Manzoor Ali Khan and the duo of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan – Ustad Hameed Ali Khan, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Allahditta Lunaywala, among others, in various concerts.

Aneesh Pradhan - Tabla

Anupriya Deotale - Tabla

A disciple of legendary Sarangi maestro Pandit Ramnarayan, Anupriya has also received guidance from the great Sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez, Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pandit Mukesh Sharma.

She has received a senior fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt.of India and became the first Indian musician to receive the prestigious Ustad Salamat Ali and Nazakat Ali Khan award at Lahore (PAKISTAN) in December 2004. Anupriya also has the distinction of being the first Indian classical female musician to be recorded for a programme by the Pakistan Television.

Anupriya has performed creditably at various major concerts in India, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Slovenia, Hungary, UK, Canada, Reunion Island, Russia, Latvia, Singapore, Japan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mauritius, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Oman and Pakistan

Asad Qizilbash - Sarod

Asad Qizilbash initially learned the violin under the strict but inspired supervision of his father, violinist K H Qizilbash who in addition to his varied repertoire was instrumental in introducing many talented Pakistani musicians to the attention of the world, including the inimitable Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

During the early 80’s, Asad changed his instrument of expression to Sarod, inspired by the performance of imminent Sarodnawaz, Ustad Amjad ali Khan.

He has since then become Pakistan’s formost exponent of Sarod and has performed extensively within Pakistan and abroad.

Ashraf Sharif Khan - Sitar

Ashraf Sharif Khan, got his education from his illustrious father Ustad Sharif Khan Poonchwaley of the Poonch gharana. A child prodigy, Ashraf gave his first public performance at the age of 10. Since then he has performed worldwide to critical acclaim and has also received numerous awards.

He is settled in Germany and also dabbles in experimental music.

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande - Khayal

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande is a renowned khayal vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli tradition. Ashwini was exposed to classical music from her early childhood. She began training under Pt. Narayanrao Datar at the tender age of 5, but actually flowered later under the strict tutelage of her mother mentor and guru Smt. Manik Bhide. It was from Smt. Bhide that she learnt the intricacies of the stylized gayeki of Jaipur gharana. Her quest continues with her training from Pt. Ratnakar Pai, a senior stalwart of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, under whom she is expanding her repertoire of rare and complex raags of her gharana.

Ashwini has performed the world over to glowing acclaim for her sensitive presentations, artistic and musical quality and her skill. Is a regular contributer to Akashwani and Doordarshan. She has also published a book of bandishes composed by her titled “Ragarachnanjali”.

Ayesha Ali - Dhrupad

Badruzzaman, Qamaruzzaman

The brothers are practitioners of the Kasur gharana style. They started their musical career in 1960 after receiving training from imminent ustads of the time- among them Ustad Faiz Ali, Ustad Iftikhar Ahmad, Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan. Apart from performing worldwide to much acclaim, Ustad Badruzzaman has been actively involved in pursuits to the betterment and advancement of the art he has he has adopted.He gives regular lecture-demonstrations and has also authored a number of books on Musicology.

They have a varied repertoire including Khayal, Thumri and Kaafi

Bahauddin Qawwal & Party

Buland Iqbal Khan - Sarangi

Ustad Buland Iqbal got his education from his father, the legendary Ustad Bundoo Khan Sarangi nawaz and also from his maternal uncle Ustad Chand Khan of Dehli gharana. Having joined Radio Pakistan as a musician in 1950, he subsequently shifted his interest to compositions in collaboration with his friend Lal Muhammad. Together, they composed music for many films under the name of “Lal Muhammad Iqbal”.

Ustad Bashir Khan - Tabla

Ustad Bashir Khan, one of the senior most artistes in Pakistan, is loved for his fine accompaniment aesthetics. As a soloist, he has proved his competence and abundant knowledge of traditional fixed compositions as well as excellent improvisational abilities. Bashir Khan was initiated into the intricate art by his father Ustad Miran Buksh but inherits the authentic baaj of Punjab gharana through his guru Mian Karim Buksh Pairna. He has toured United States, South Africa, England, Holland, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, India and Japan.

He is also teaching at the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA).


Faheem Mazhar

Although Faheem Mazhar is not associated with any Gharana, his own talent, hard work and love for music has given him recognition in the field of classical music. On the basis of “learn however and wherever you can”, he has taken instruction in classical gaiki from great maestros such as Ustad Chotay Ghulam Ali Khan, Pervaiz Paras and G. A. Farooq. As a result he has been able to learn a variety of styles from the Kirana, Qasur and other gharanas, which has given him versatility in his performance. His first performance for the APMC was at the 8th Annual Festival 2011.

Farhan Khan & Huzoor Hasnain - Sitar

Farida Khanum - Semi-classical and Ghazal

Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Party l

Successors of the prolific Munshi Raziuddin, Farid Ayaz and Abu Mohammad claim lineage to the ’Qawwal Bacchon ka Gharana’. Having been trained by their illustrious father in all aspects of Classical music- dhurpad, khayal, tarana, thumri and dadra- Farid Ayaz and Abu Mohammad have a formidable repertoire of Qawwali in which they iinfuse their classical training.

Farid Ayaz and Abu Mohammad have performed extensively nationally and internationally. They received the Presidents’ Pride of Performance in 2005 in recognition of their work.

Ustad Fateh Ali, Hameed Ali Khan

Foremost exponents of Gwalior gayeki in Pakistan Fateh Ali Khan and Hameed Ali Khan learnt music from their father Ghulam Rasool Khan and uncle Ustad Ummeed Ali Khan. Their art is characterised with immense tayyari and powerful taans. A recipient of many awards including the Roshan Ara Gold Medal and the Presidents Pride of Performance, Fateh Ali Khan has represented Pakistan in many festivals and concerts around the world.

Ustad Fateh Ali Khan - Khayal

Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan of the Patiala gharana is one of the most prominent exponents of classical music in the subcontinent. Younger brother of the late Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, son of Ustad Akhtar Husain and grandson of the legendary Jarnail Ali Buksh Khan, co-founderof the Patiala gharana , Fateh Ali started his training when he was seven and Amanat was ten. The young duo had their first programme from the Lahore Radio Station in 1945 and became celebrities while still in their childhoodThey were conferred the Presidents Pride of Performance as early as 1969.

Fateh Ali Khan, has represented Pakistan in many countries of Asia, Europe and North America.

Ghulam Murtaza Niazi - Semi Classical / Ghazal

Ghulam Murtaza Khan Niazi was born in Karachi in 1954. His family hails from Mianwali. He started learning music at the age of 20 from Ustad Mohammad Omar Baloch.

Murtaza sings kheyal, thumri, ghazal and kafi and has recorded programmes for television. He also runs a music school which was founded by his late Ustad. The school imparts training to music enthusiasts.

Ghulam Murtaza Niazi - Semi Classical / Ghazal

Malikzada Hafeez Khan Talwandi, 1933-2009, was born in Faisalabad (Pakistan) in a distinguished family of dhrupad singers, the Talwandi gharana. He received training from his father, Miyan Mehr Ali Khan (born 1913), for about forty years until the latter's death in 1976. The long years of learning, practice and performance gave Hafeez Khan a thorough co mmand of the musical tradition handed down by his father. Claims to the antiquity of Ustad Hafeez Khan's heritage are supported by the richness and internal logic of his body of knowledge and by his practical mastery.

He performed extensively in Pakistan and also internationally. His young son Ali Hafeez Khan and nephew Ibraez Afzal khan and young performer Ayesha Ali were amongst his many students.

Ustad Hafeez Khan Talwindi passed away in March 2009.

Habib Ali

Habib Ali has been associated with Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television for the last 30 years as a vocalist. He learnt his art from Ustad Barkat Ali Khan, who was a well known exponent of semi classical music. Habib Ali has performed Ghazal and Thumri for Radio Pakistan and PTV. His performance at the 8th Annual Festival 2011 was his first for APMC.

Ustad Hamid Ali Khan - Vocal

Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, following the footsteps of his illustrious brothers, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, is one of the foremost exponents of the Patiala tradition in Pakistan. He is carrying forward the Patiala tradition of khayal gayeki, which is characterised with freshness of thought, spontaneity and creativity

Hanif Lashari / Wahid Lashari - Sindhi Folk

Ustad Hussain Buksh Khan Gullu - Vocal

Ustad Imdad Hussain - Sitar

Ustad Imdad Husain was born in Delhi in 1937 and received his basic education in music from his father, saranginawaz, Ustad Ahmadi Khan. Later, he learnt from his uncle, the famous Ustad Zahoori Khan. He remained attached to Radio Pakistan, Karachi for many years and also served the PIA Arts Academy. He has represented Pakistan and performed in many countries around the world.

He is an excellent teacher of sitar and has many students. His son Ikhlaq Husain and grandson, Turab Ali are also a noted sitarists.

Ikhlaq Hussain - Sitar

Trained by his father, Ustad Imdad Hussain of the Delhi Gharana and later by Pandit ravi Shankar in India, Ikhlaq Hussain is a most accomplished sitarnawaz. He plays in the gayaki ang which seeks to emulate the human voice thru the sitar. He has performed the world over to much acclaim.

Ikhlaq Hussain currently resides in the US.

Intizar Hussain - Khayal

Jawed Hussain & Ghulam Khusro Khan – Dhurpad

Ustad Javed Hussain and Ghulam Khusro Khan learnt the classical tradition of dhrupad from their father Ustad Wahid Hussain of Khorja gharana. Their grandfather Haji Altaf Hussain Khansahib was a highly respected gayek. The two brothers sing dhrupad, tirwat, kheyal and other forms of classical music.

Jaffer Hussain - Clarinet

Jaffer Hussain follows in the tradition of master Sohni Khan, the legendary Clairnet player who transformed a wedding brass band into a serious display of classical music. Jaffer leads his 12 person Punjab band with the clarinet, he also plays solo Clarinet with command and has performed extensively in Pakistan.

Javed Allahditta - Sitar

Javed Bashir & Akbar Ali - Khayal

These two promising young classical artistes were introduced to classical music by their uncle Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan. Before that they were introduced to the form of qawwali by their father Bashir Ahmaed Khan qawwal. Since his initiation as a classical performer, Javed Bashir has performed all over Pakistan and abroad.

He has also ventured into the realm of popular music through his work with The Mekaal Hasan Band.

Javed Niazi and Babar Niazi

Renowned folk artistes Javed Niazi and Babar Niazi, received training from their father, late Tufail Niazi and continue to carry on the great tradition of his legendary music. Inheritors of Tufail Niazi’s immense legacy, they are not only superb folk singers but also possess equal mastery on semi-classical and classical compositions.

Kamal Sabri - Sarangi

Karam Abbas and Ali Waseem Abbas Khan

Karam Abbas and Ali Waseem Abbas Khan are the sons of Ustad Ahmed Ali Khan, a noted vocalist of the Gwalior Gharana. Both brothers are traditional successors of their Gharana and have been successful in presenting, in their singing and bandish, their gharana’s talent in preparation of taan, bol baant, and leh kaari. Their performance in the 8th Annual Festival 2011, was their debut with the APMC.


Ustad Madhup Mudgal

Madhup Mudgal belongs to an illustrious family of artists and educationists in India. For over five decades, the Maudgalya family has been immersed in music education, research and performances. Madhupji’s father, Professor Vinay Chandra Maudgalya, was the co-founder of Delhi's leading and oldest institution for training in music, the Gandharva Mahavidhyala.

Besides receiving a musical education from his father, Madhupji has also had the good fortune of coming under the tutelage of great maestros of Hindustani music such as Shri Vasant Thakar, Pandit Jasraj and the celebrated Kumar Gandharva.

Alongside a prolific career as a classical vocalist, Mudhup Mudgal holds an M.Phil Degree from the University of Delhi for his research in the structure of Khayal. His creative search has also led him to experiment with various musical forms, and for many years he has been the conductor of the Gandharva Choir, a renowned music group that has given performances all over the world. Madhup Mudgal presently heads the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya,

Madhup Mudgal has won acclaim not only for his sonorous voice and individual technique but also for the numerous music compositions to his credit. He has trained a number of students who are making their mark in the performance arena. He received the prestigious Padma Shri award from the President of India for his contribution to the field of Hindustani music.

Manzoor Niazi & Party- Qawwali

Mehnaz Begum

Famous playback singer Mehnaz Begum received her training in classical music from her mother, Kajjan Begum who, in her own right, was an acclaimed singer of kajri, thumri, dadra and ghazal. Both the mother and the daughter earned a name in traditional nauha recital as well.

In rendering geet and ghazal Mehnaz displays the charming thumri style. She is an established playback singer of the Pakistan film industry and has many film songs to her credit.

Mekaal Hasan Band - Fusion

Meekal Hasan Band – one of the most well-known music bands in Pakistan, have fused classical and folk tradition into modern music. The Band has successfully juxtaposed classical gayeki with jazz compositions and developed an eclectic signature much their own. Their lead vocalist, Javed Bashir is properly initiated into classical music.

Moti Usmani - Thumri, Dadra

Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan

Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan is a leading exponent of classical music in Pakistan. He migrated from his home city of Jallundur, India, to Multan and then moved to Sahiwal at a young age. He belongs to a traditional family of vocalists representing the Shamchaurasi Gharana. His basic training in music began under his paternal uncle Ustad Ghazanfar Ali Khan. During this time he became influenced by the style of Ustad Amir Khan of Indore.

Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan is an excellent singer of Khayal, Thumri and Kafi. His style ably blends the two traditions of Shamchaurasi and Indore Gharanas. His elaboration and development of the raag in vilambit, displays the grandeur of the style of Ustad Amir Khan, whom he considers his spiritual mentor, whilst in the drut tempo, his sargam and taan patterns have the swiftness of Shamchaurasi Gharana.

Muhammad Ahsan Papu - Flute

Muhammad Ahsan Papu started playing flute in 1973. He studied with Ghulam Hussain Jalandri, Fida Hussain and Ghulam Haider. Papu has been a leading session player for Pakistan's film and TV industry.

He joined The Mekaal Hasan Band in 2001 and is a vital part of the band's sound and eclecticism.

Ustad Muhammad Akhter - Khayal

Muhammad Faqeer - folk

Pt. Mukesh Sharma - Sarod

Pt. Mukesh Sharma is one of the leading exponents of Sarod in India and has performed in front of a world wide audience. His father Late Rasik Bihari Lal was an eminent Sarod Artist. Mukeshji had his initial training from late Pt.Suprabhat Paul, late Dr. Ramaballabh Mishra and Pt.Birju Maharaj. Later he came under the guidance of the renowned Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

He has been teaching classical instrumental music for the last 25 years in India and abroad.

Mumtaz Sabzal - Banjo

Murad Ali - Sarangi

Murad Ali is the son and disciple of the renowned sarangi player Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khan. Murad Ali received training in music from his grandfather late Ustad Siddique Ahmed Khan Sahab and his father from a very young age. Born in a family of musicians originally from Muradabad, Murad Ali is a sixth generation sarangi player. He gave his 1st solo performance at the age of 10, and since then has performed extensively the world over, both as a soloist as well as an accompanist to eminent musicians.

Musadiq Sanwal

Musadiq Sanwal, a musician and journalist from Pakistan was born in the ancient city of Multan, South Punjab. For the past 20 years he has been a media practitioner and continues to pursue music. Since the early eighties he has been singing and composing songs of Punjabi and Saraiki Sufis. Mainly self taught, his singing style has the flavour of the popular raags of rural Sindh and Punjab.

He is a co-founder of Matteela, a website for photography, music, film, art and literature based in Lahore.

Naeem Hussein - Shehnai

Nafees Ahmed Khan - Sitar

Nafees Ahmed received his education in classical music from his father, sitarnawaz Ustad Fateh Ali Khan who was the chief musician of Maharaja of Patiala.

Nafees has performed extensively at home and abroad. In the US, he had the distinction of playing with the great Ustad Bismillah Khan and tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Husain.

Nafees has been instrumental in the propagation of classical music through innovative performances, lectures and presentations. He is presently teaching at the National Academy of Performing Arts.

Naheed Siddiqui

Naheed Siddiqi is undoubtedly Pakistan’s finest Kathak exponent and choreographer. Her work has been recognized and acclaimed both in Pakistan and abroad. Naheed’s creations have been original and groundbreaking, blending traditional and contemporary techniques, extending Kathak’s repertory and developing it as a universal vocabulary.

Naheed has lived in the United Kingdom for almost twenty years and has given countless performances at major venues and audiences and for television worldwide. She is currently based in Lahore.

Ustad Naseer-uddin Saami

Ustad Naseeruddin Saami obtained training from his late uncle, the eminent Munshi Raziuddin. On the instruction of his mentor he furthered his training under the tutelage of the elders of the Dilli gharana, namely Sardar Khan, Pyaray Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed Khan.

Saami Sahib is an artiste who gives great importance to the historic traditions of his art. His style of singing is called ‘Shudh Bani’. He is a strict practitioner of his inherited musical philosophy– that of maintaining and believing in the purity of ‘Sur’, which he displays most beautifully in his singing. He performs all the elements of classical music like Khayal, Thumri, Sadra and Kajri with versatility, which is distinctive of his Gharana.

Ustad Naseerud Din Saami was conferred the Presidents’ Pride of Performance in 2007.

Nazar Hussain and Party - Folk Bagpipes

Niaz Ahmed - Harmonium

A senior music composer of Pakistan, Niaz Saheb has been involved in this art for more than forty years. He learnt music from his maternal uncle Maulana Abdul Shakoor, who was a highly esteemed scholar, and belonged to the Kerana gharana. Niaz Sahib has composed a large number of popular compositions for radio, television as well as films. He has represented Pakistan in many parts of the world and received the President’s Pride of Performance Award in 2004.

Noor Zehra Kazim - Veena

Noor Zehra, student of Ustad Shareef Khan Poonchwalay, is the sole exponent of the Sagar Veena, an instrument whose development she has been part of - alongside her father, Raza Kazim. Together they endeavour to create a sound dependent on timbre and resonance just as much as sur for its effect. Her sensitive playing has bought her much acclaim worldwide


Parveen Nazar - Multani Kafi


Raees Ahmed - Violin

Ustad Rais Khan - Sitar

A living legend in the art of sitar playing, Ustad Rais Khan was trained by his father Ustad Muhammad Khan whose ancestors, many of them celebrated musicians and vocalists, originated from Gwalior and moved to the courts of Jaipur. Ustad Rais Khan had his first public performance when he was barely five.

One of the finest sitar players in the world, Rais Khan is known for the delicacy of his art.

His sons, Farhan Khan and Huzoor Hasnain have also been groomed in the tradition of their illustrious father. Farhan Khan has already made a name for himself as an accomplished sitar player internationally.

Rashid Ali Khan - Saxophone

A talented musician, who is equally at ease with the Saxophone and Clarinet, Rashid Ali, has ventured into solo performances very recently. He has accompanied various artists including the legendary Qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali.

Ustad Raza Ali Khan

Ustad Raza Ali Khan, grandson of legendary Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, inherits the Qasur-Patiala tradition from his father Ustad Munawwar Ali Khan. Raza Ali Khan is taken as one of the most promising young vocalists in the sub-continent.

Ustad Riaz Ali / Imtiaz Ali Khan – Khayal

Roshan Abbas / Ghulam Abbas – Khayal

Rustam Fateh Ali Khan – Khayal

Sadia Khan – Odissi

Sadia Khan trained in Odissi under Smt. Madhavi Mudgal at the Gandharv Mahavidyala in India. She follows the tradition of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra in Odissi. Aside from performing herself, she has been actively involved in passing on her knowledge to her students

Saffiya Beyg – Khayal

Saffiya Beyg entered the world of khayal gayeki much later in life. Since then she has been actively involved in the betterment of her chosen art form. She is the force behind Sampurna- an organization that provides a platform to performers of Classical music as well as imparts training.

Sajid Hussain – Sitar

Son of late Ustad Fida Hussain, Sajid belongs to the Senya Gharana of Jaipur, rich in tradition of music for over two hundred and fifty years. He learnt sitar at an early age and started giving performances as a teenager. With over 20 years of experience, Sajid has emerged as one of the most promising sitar players of the present generation of musicians. He is also teaching his son, Shehroze Hussain the art of his forefathers.

Salamat Ali –Vocal – Thumri, Ghazal

Salamat Ali was trained in classical and ghazal gayeki by his father Ustad Mohammad Sharif Khan.

He has traveled extensively and has performed at prestigious forums including the Royal Albert Hall (1983) and Madison Square Gardens (1986). Currently he is a faculty member at the NAPA.

Ustad Salamat Hussain – flute

Gentle and unassuming, Ustad Salamat Hussain received his training from the famous sarangi player Ustad Hamid Husain Khan of Rampur gharana. Salamat is great admirer of Panna Lal Ghosh and follows his style.

He has the distinction of having played in front of many heads of states and is the recipient of many awards including the President’s Pride of Performance.

Sara Zaman – Khayal

Sara Zaman was initiated into classical music at an early age by late Ustad Firoze Nizami of Kirana gharana. In subsequent years, she had the good fortune of training with greats like Ustad Chhotay Ghulam Ali Khan of Qawwal Bachon ka gharana and Baba Tufail Narowaaleay. The latter imparted his art and its intricacies to her till he breathed his last in 1996.

Sara Zaman has pursued her passion with dedication. She has also engaged herself in teaching music and has been instrumental in establishing the Musicology department at NCA, Lahore, serving there as Associate Professor and visiting lecturer for Master’ students.

Shakeela Khorasani – Ghazal

Shubha Mudgal – Khayal

Shubha Mudgal is one of the most versatile and popular performers of the new generation of classical musicians in the subcontinent. She had the honour of being trained in Khayal, Thumri and Dadra under the tutelage of many prominent maestros of classical music. In addition to being a performer, Shubha is also recognised as a composer. Her repertoire of mediaeval mystic bhakti (devotional) and sufi poetry includes rare texts from the Vaishnava pushti-marg poets as well as the nirguna poetry of Kabir, Namdev, Amir Khusrau, Nath-Panthi poets and other sufiana poetry.

Shahbaz Hussain – tabla

Shahbaz Hussain Khan started learning from his father Mumtaz Hussain at the age of 5. He is a disciple of Ustad Faiyyaz Khan of Delhi gharana. He also received training from Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan of Punjab gharana and Ustad Allah Rakha. His tabla playing is a beautiful blend of Delhi and Punjab traditions.

He has had the privilege of playing with several greats of hindustani classical music including Ustad Imrat Khan, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Husain Bakhsh Khan etc.. He also has the distinction of accompanying Ustad Vilayat Khan, one of the greatest sitar players of our times, on his last concert.

Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan – Khayal

Groomed by his father, the late Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Sharafat Ali Khan was one of the leading representatives of the Shamchaurasi gharana after his father’s demise. He was Initiated into classical music at the age of seven by his illustrious father and used to accompany him along-with Shafqat Ali Khan. His debut performance was held at Pakistan Centre Al-Falah, Lahore in 1968 and performed solo after the death of his father in the late 90's. Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan passed away on November 29, 2009.

Tina Sani – Vocal

Undoubtedly one of the most renowned voices in contemporary Ghazal gayaks today, Tina Sani was trained in classical music by Ustad Nizamuddin Khan and then by Ustad Amrohvi.

She made her debut in the late 70s and gained much acclaim, especially by her renditions of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poetry. Stylistically, Tina Sani is influenced by the great ghazal singers of like Malika Pukhraj, Akhtar Begum, Mukhtar Begum and Farida Khanum but has created her own style of singing. She renders the ghazals of contemporary poets with ease and is equally comfortable singing the poetry of Zauq, Ghalib and Mir; the immortals of Urdu poetry.

Urooj Saami – Khayal

Urooj Saami is the son of the prolific Ustad Naseeruddin Saami of the Dilli Gharana. He received his training from his father and also his maternal grandfather, Munshi Raziuddin, whose lineage is said to include luminaries of the Qawwal Bachchon ka Gharana like Mian Taanrus Khan and Saamat Bin Ibrahim.


Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar

Wasifuddin Dagar represents the 20th unbroken generation of Dhrupad singers in the Dagar family. He is the nephew of Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar and son of Ustad. N. Faiyazuddin Dagar. He was groomed by his illustrious family intensively and “taught the crucial aspects of jugalbandi -duo singing being a speciality of the Dagar family, generation by generation.” Since the demise of his uncle in 1994, Wasifuddin is carrying on the Dagarvani tradition in solo: “his rendition of dhrupad is a unique blend of his uncle’s training, his father’s quality of voice and temperament, his own personality and his in-depth knowledge of the characteristic styles of his elders.”


Ustad Zafar Ali Khan – Vocal

Ustad Zafar Ali Khan inherited the authentic classical compositions of Gwalior gharana from his father Ustad Qudratullah Khan. His forefathers settled in Sindh, blending their centuries old tradition of tappa and kheyal with the indigenous Sindhi kafi, featuring unparalleled taan and tayyari.

Zafar Ali Khan sings kheyal, thumri and ghazal and has engaged himself in music compositions as well.

Zulfiqar Ali , Mazhar Hussain.

Both cousins have achieved renown, not just as practitioners of the Gwalior tradition, but also for their academic contributions to music. After his engagement with the Musicology Department at the National College of Arts, Lahore, Zulfiqar Ali is presently heading the Musicology Department of Mehran University.