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A.R. Rahman, Hariharan, Salim Merchant, Shaan, Ustad ji’s Wife Amina Mustafa Khan and Family Express their Happiness

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08 May, 22 09:19
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A.R. Rahman, Hariharan, Salim Merchant, Shaan, Ustad ji’s Wife Amina Mustafa Khan and Family Express their Happiness

Ayearafterhisdeath, a chowk named after the legendary singer,thedoyenofHindustani Classical Music, Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam MustafaKhan,willbeunveiled byAadityaThackeray,Minister of Tourism & Environment, Govt. of Maharashtra, in presence of veteran and noted singersfromtheBollywoodfraternity.Locatedneartheoffice oftheAdditionalCommissioner of Police in Carter Road, Bandra West, the ‘Padma Vibhushan Ghulam Mustafa Khan Chowk’, will be inauguratedonWednesdaymorning. Thelatesinger’s familyandhis students will also be present to laud and cheer the legend. Born in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan was the eldest son in a family of four brothers and three sisters. He received his basic classical music training from his father and later studied music under his cousin, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan. A torchbearer of the Rampur Sahaswat Gharana, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan has been the recipient of various awards andaccolades.Hewasawarded the Padma Shri in 1991, followed by the Padma Bhushan in 2006 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2018. In 2003, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artistes, was conferred upon him. Interestingly,besidesbeing the finest, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan has also mentored many of the ace Bollywood singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, A.R.Rahman,Hariharan,Sonu Nigam, Shaan, his sons Murtuza Mustafa Khan, Qadir Mustafa Khan, Rabbani MustafaKhan,HasanMustafa Khan and grandson Faiz Mustafa Khan. Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan’srepertoirealsoincludes his vast contribution to Hindi and other regional films, for which he composed and sang both. Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome marked his foray into playbacksingingforHindifilms and he then went on to record many more, including various documentaries. One could even say he was way ahead of his time… he essayed the role of Baiju Bawra in the Ge r m a n d o c u m e n ta r y, Rainmaker,andperformedon Coke Studio when A.R. Rahman had wanted to present his Guru with his three generations, consisting of his sons Murtuza Mustafa Khan, Qadir MustafaKhan, Rabbani MustafaKhan,HasanMustafa Khan, and grandson Faiz Mustafa Khan. Ace composer-singer, maestro,PadmaBhushanA.R. Rahman avers, “Great Gurus are the eternal force of knowledge and rich tradition which India possesses.The musical knowledge which Ghulam Mustafa Khan Sahib gifted to somanyofhisstudentsispriceless. The ‘Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Chowk’ would be the rightful honourforhis servicetoIndian Classical Music.” “A chowk for my Ustad ji (UstadGhulamMustafaKhan) is the best thing to happen. I am so happy; I don’t have words to describe this feeling! Ustad jiwas one of the biggest mastersofHindustaniClassical M u s i c , Kh a y a l Gayaki/Gharana. Theamountofworkhehas done and the brilliant compositions he has rendered are simplyamazing.Eventhestudents of other gharanas sing his compositions! He is an iconicfigure,atruelegend,and to have a chowk in his name, is the duty of us Indians. This memory must be there forever, and ever, and generations tocomeshouldreadandknow about his contributions,” enthuses veteran singer Padma Shri Hariharan. Adds master composer Salim Merchant, “Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saab is always in our hearts and thoughts, and now a chowk in hisnameonlyglorifies thatfurthermoreandgivesussomuch happiness. It’s a moment of pride and honour for his family, his students, and for all of us music lovers. I hope that Ustadji’snamealwaysremains on top and his remembrance always keeps us smiling.” TheversatilesingerShaan also expresses his elation, "Padma Vibhushan Shri Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saab willalwaysremainalovingpers o n i fi c a ti o n o f M u s i c , Dedication and Devotion through his voice and persona. I am so thrilled that with a Chowk named after him, manygenerations tocomewill be inspired towards pure Music. We are all very proud." “It'sagreatfeelinganddefinitely a moment of pride and will always remain special for ourentire family.Wehave and shallalwaysappreciateUstad ji's every little thing that he has done for all of us. He was not only an inspiration to us but to so many aspiring singers and musicians. He has brought glory tothenationwithhis contribution in the field of Hindustani Classical Music. We are indebted to the Government of India and the ICCR which recently introduced the ‘Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Fellowship for Music’ for foreign musicians and artistes. Andnowwetrulyhonoured and shall always be thankful to our Municipal Corporator Sh ri As i f Za k a ri a , th e Government of Maharashtra and the Brihan Mumbai Mahanagar Palika for the chowk in Ustad ji’s name,” express the members of the Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan family.


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