Ustad Nasir Ahmed Khan (1930 – 1986)

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A vocalist from the illustrius tradition – Delhi Gharana. His forte was his well groomed, well cultivated voice  – moving in three octaves flawlessly. He used to demonstrate this strength while siging Taans with great accuracy and speed. And of course his Bada Khayal is also a pleasure to listen to. 

A couple of his earlier recordings showcasing his “khayal”.

First recording Raga purvi, Vilambit Khayal Rakho Mori Laaj… in Ektala & Drut Khayal Aavan Kahi Gaye… in Teentala. Sung with Tanpura and Tabla accompaniment.
Raga Purvi 30:34 

Second one, Raga Ahir Bhairav, A morning Raga. Vilambit Khayal Mora Jiyaa…. & Drut Khayal Garib Nawaz… And Jiyaraa Laraje… both in Teentala. Interestingly, the vocal support in this recordings is quite intersing and of course, the proficiency of the Harmonium accompanist, just amazing….
Raga Ahir Bhairav 25:34


1. Photograph from
2. Both recordings from Dhaivat Shukla’s personal archives. Digital restoration by Dhaivat Shukla. 


16 Responses to “Ustad Nasir Ahmed Khan (1930 – 1986)”

  1. omar shams Says:

    Great kheyal artist. Unfortunately, did not get the deserved exposure and promotion (like Munawwar and Ghulam Mustafa, his contemporaries). In the vilampit, he integrated in his gayaki a kirana (Abdul Karim Khan, Roshan Ara) touch in sur_ki_lagao. The drut has the traditional Delhi taankari in three octaves. There is a stupendous unpublished Basant-Basant Bahar of his if one can find.

  2. james Says:

    excellent rendering

  3. david parmanand Says:

    Was he a humanitarian? Just curious.

    • Tony Singh Says:

      He was a very simple man far away from lobbying or buttering people to get programmes or promotions. This may be the reason for not getting , what he deserved.

  4. Aamir Tarin Says:

    this is amazing! I have some collection of Ustad Iqbal Ahmed from the same Gharana. Is there any place where we can more collection of Ustad Nasir Ahmed Khan?

  5. Vusat Iqbal Says:

    People, this is Vusat Iqbal, D/O UStad Iqbal Ahmed Khan- the present head/khalifa of Delhi Gharana. You can contact him at his e-Mail or He will be able to provide you whatever needed at ur end.

    However I would disagree with what Mr. Omar Shams said about Nasir Khan Sahab (my nanaji). He has his own style of gayaki, whether its Vilampat, Drut or taankari.

    Also the delhi gharana artists, be that Ustad Naseer Ahmed Khan or Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, have their own gharana style which is no lesser than any other gharana style, they wud not require to imitate any other style. However, I agree with the fact that he unfortunately did not get the deserved exposure like others but he was the only singer of his time to get the title of “Taan Samrat”.

    But of course it all depends upon the individual interpretation of the same. I may not be able to put my point too well, as I am not into this profession, but will certainly ask my dad to clarify these doubts at the earliest.

  6. Vusat Iqbal Says:

    Guys I am Vusat Iqbal, D/O Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, the Head/Khalifa of Delhi Gharana… I agree with the earlier posts, unfortunately Ustad Naseer Khan Sahab did not get the exposure he deserved… He died at the age of 54 only…. My dad, who is the present khalifa of Delhi Gharan, has devoted his life for the same cause and still have not got the recognition he deserved…

    Anyways, to answer the query from Mr Aamir Tarin, You can contact my father Ustad Iqbal ahmed Khan at 09810643039 for more collections of our gharana…

  7. surya khan Says:

    myself surya,this is a msg 4 u
    i met u sum days be4 at ur home ,i have no further details about delhi gharana,but sumthing which is easy 2 understand that it wud be great pleasure to join delhi gharana,4 me ustad iqbal khan saheb
    is an inspiration so, i’ll try 2 join THE GREAT DELHI GHARANA

  8. Avinash Kumar Sinha Says:

    i am learning classical music and now i want to learn classical music from Ustad Nasir Khan.

    So, Plz tell me the address or Tel No.

    Thank U so Much

  9. suhaan Says:

    @avinash ,, bro learning classical frm,, ustad naseer khan sahib ,, u ve 2 go heaven,,

  10. fareed hasan Says:

    dear the first recording is not purvi its a prakar of shree and its usually sing in our gharana only i’m fareed hasan grandson of khansahab

  11. Ramesh Bidhuri Says:

    I, Ramesh Bidhuri, was first elected as MLA of tughlakabad in 2003. I am very thankful to the people of tughlakabad, South Delhi for choosing me as their MLA since last three contineous assembly election.

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  13. Ranga Says:

    Naseer Ahmed Khan was a giant! Probably the last greatest vocalist ever from the Delhi Gharana. I was fortunate to meet him several times while I was posted in Delhi. Unfortunately, Iqbal Ahmed Khan doesn’t match up to him. Neither in his voice nor in his depth of music. Iqbal is at the most superficial. He has great knowledge but none of it shows in his music. Let us not compare the great Naseer saab with anyone else. Being in the same Gharana doesn’t guarantee anything. It is like saying I and Lata Mangeshkar live in Bombay and breathe the same air so we are alike! It is a ridiculous and lame comparison!

    Naseer Ahmed can only be compared to his contemporaries like Ghulam Mustafa of Rampur and so on. His Taankaari was comparable only to that of the great Faiyyaz Khan saab of Agra or Basavaraj Rajguru of Dharwad.

    Long live Naseer saab’s music!

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