Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan “Prem Rang” (1930 – 1985)

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan

A disciple of Ustad Faiyaz Khan and Ustad Ata Hussain Khan – A great vocalist from Agra Gharana. His approach towards music was always to expand the Raga. Take any Raga-s and Ustad-ji would sing these Raga-s at length. For example Raga Malati Basant, Raga Raisa Kanada, Raga Maluha Kalyan to name a few – He could and would sing them for about an hour plus, on an average. He was always open to greater development of his music and so he was never shy to adopt something from other musicians or their respective styles. And almost always, he was successful in blending those so called foreign elements into the musical structure of Agra Gharana that he used to prefer and perform. And then the concept he would sing would be his own “Khayal”.

He was probably one of the last musicians who performed full-length, full featured Nom-Tom Alap before Khayal. His command on Laya (rythem) was also great which is visible (audible, I mean) in various pieces that are presented here. He was blessed with a voice which he successfully preserved and cultivated to suite his imagination.

He was never tired of singing because he loved his music. Once a mehfil was organized in Ahmedabad and the organizer requested Ustad-ji to sing without microphone and without Harmonium accompaniment to get the essence of music in untainted form. Ustad-ji agreed. The mehfil eventually turned out to be a whole night concert where Ustad-ji sang Nom-Tom Alap, Vilambit (Traditional Composition) and Drut Khayal (His own composition) in Raga Savani (a variant with Komal Gandhar) followed by Raga Jaijaivanti, Vilambit and Drut, followed by Raga Nat Bihag, Drut Khyal, Raga Sohini, Drut Khayal. As it was about sunrise, He started Raga Ramkali – Vilambit & Drut. In the end he sang a Dadra in Raga Bhairavi. Fortunately this concert was recorded and recently it has been published as a set of 4 CDs by Sangeet Kendra. A sample from these recording is presented to show his ability for a sustained standard throughout the performance and sincerity – achieving greater heights as the his “Khayal” progressed. Just a sample – an appetizer (respecting the artiste’s rights and copyrights)

Raga Ramkali – Drut Khayal, Un Sang Laagi Mori Akhiyan…Ā 

To begin with –

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan

A 78rpm record (H 1198 G) – at the age of 12 years. This was the potential.

Raga: Multani 3:24 (In Durajan Logan Ko Kahan Kosun…)

Raga: Bihag 3:30 (Hazrat Ali Tum Ho Mahabali…)

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan

Another recording is from an All India Radio Broadcast (most probably recorded at AIR Ahmedabad Station in 1969, and this brodcasted in 1973).

Raga Khem Kalyan 29:40 (Vilambit Khayal – Piharava Mai Kahi Deho Bata …, Drut Khayal – Hath Na Kar Mohe Chhand…)

Raga Gara Kanada (coming soon…)

Raga Lalit (coming soon…)

Raga Patmanjari (coming soon…)

An humble man, a man of family, a gentle and a sensitive human being……

ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan


1. The 78rpm record – from Ustad-jis son, Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan – Digitized by Dhaivat Shukla.

2. Raga Khem Kalyan – an All India Radio broadcast, digitized by Dhaivat Shukla.

3. Raga Lalit – an All India Radio broadcast, digitized by Dhaivat Shukla.

4 Raga Pat Manjari – an All India Radio broadcast.


19 Responses to “Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan “Prem Rang” (1930 – 1985)”

  1. Anupam Mukherjee Says:

    Excellent Works. Eagerly waiting for the rest to be updated.

  2. shuvro chatterjee Says:

    awesome…post…great. once heard a thumri by the ustad..banao of the best ever heard..plzzz update the rest also.

  3. siyar Says:

    This is just marvellous. I can’t wait to hear the Lalit.

  4. ashok gupta Says:

    I have the good fortune of attending many concerts of Sharafat Sahabji
    in Calcutta. I am looking to purchase recordings and would be very happy if I am informed of the source. His music is outstanding and his alaap unforgetable the way he unfolded the raag in absolutely no hurry and dwelt on each note. unforgetable. Thanks

  5. Anupam Mukherjee Says:

    Ashok you can check this link for ustadji’s music collection:
    also is anyone find any other source please let me know.

  6. Swapan Says:

    Great artiste. Great job done. Congrats.

  7. Gagandeep Singh Says:

    I am a student of agra gahrana & Disciple of Pt. Yashpaul Ji at Chandigarh. I want to do research on The Great Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan Sahib and i need his recordings and his biography please help me.

  8. Ajay Yashpaul Says:

    Really pleased to see the gr8! efforts you guys are putting. Oh! yeah about me! I am a son of Pt. Yashpaul Ji (SAGUN PIYA).

    You can check his recent concert vids at By typing Pt. Yashpaul or Agra Gharana.

    Feel free to contact me.


  9. Ajay Yashpaul Says:

    Dear Gagandeep if you wanna do research on Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan Saheb or Agra Gharana then you should discuss this matter with Pt. Yashpaul Ji (Desciple of Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan Saheb). He is the best sourse and living Legend of Agra Gharana.


  10. Anil Bhatkal Says:


    I am interested in buying the 4CD set brought out by Sangeet Kendra
    of the Ahmedabad programme. Can you help ?

    I also recall a live programme that I atteneded at Birla Matushri
    Sabhagriha, Mumbai in the late seventies under the aegis of Ustad
    Hafiz Ali Khan Music festival where Ustadji sang an elaborate khayal
    in Raag Ragesshwari. It is deeply etched in my memory and I have
    been trying to obtain a recording of the same for the last over 25 years.
    Can you help me on this one too ?

  11. Ustad Vajahat Hussain Khan Says:

    Regards. This is a remarkable job done.It was long awaited. Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khansahab was one of the rarest musicians of the 20th century. And I am the fortunate one to be his close relative.
    In this connection I would like to have a positive response and also would like to cooperate if my suggestion is positively accepted.
    Best of luck.

  12. Jeeboomba Says:

    imusti has excellent collections of Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan.

  13. ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) Says:

    greeat article… wonderful site… keep going this informative blog… sharing with music lovers all around the globe (on my own I broadcast since 03/2006 a radio show for ICM ( ). šŸ™‚

  14. ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) Says:

    Enjoy listening to good music ! – Lately… Happy New Year 2011 ! šŸ™‚

  15. Bharat Jani Says:

    Good Work. There are many fans of ustadji who would love this . Any video recoding avalable ? two of my firends abroad would like to know, how he was in concerts .

  16. smit vyas Says:

    Can you tell who is providing vocal support to Ustadji in the Ahmedabad concert?

  17. Erin Vance Says:

    Malhotra are dining with their neighbors while Piya is enjoying a whiff of the ephemeral joys of teenage.

  18. Arvind Says:

    Ustad Sharafat Hussain is a most complete singer. Please search on YouTube and listen to his Khem Kalyan. It is a melodic raag and sung with such sensitivity and skill that I can hear it again and again and again.

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