Friday, April 30, 2010

Barkat Ali Khan : four Thumris

Ustad Barkat Ali Khan (1905-1962) has left a lasting impression on various genres of Hindustani light classical music. He was younger brother of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. By several accounts Barkat Ali Khan was a superior Thumri singer but had to content himself by playing second fiddle to his elder brother.

After partition of India, Barkat Ali Khan migrated to Pakistan and concentrated on the lighter aspects of Hindustani classical music. He made a great contribution to North Indian light classical music. He was acknowledged as one of the greatest Thumri, Dadra, Geet and Ghazal artists. His outstanding rendering techniques of Purab and Punjab Ang have no match. He captured the audience all over India and Pakistan with his unique style of music.

Barkat Ali Khan - Ras Ke Bhare Tore Nain :  Download

Barkat Ali Khan - Kahe Satavo Mohe Sanwariya :  Download

Barkat Ali Khan - Lagi Naheen Chhootay :  Download

Barkat Ali Khan - Torey Naina Jadu Bhare :  Download

Ustad Barkat Ali Khan's famous disciples include Ghazal singers Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali, actress singer Noor Jehan, Begum Akhtar and many more. He died a premature death at the age of 57.


srinath said...

you have a wonderful collection. happy to find ur site.thanks

Anonymous said...

A goldmine here for researchers in history of indian classical music. My best wishes for the bloggers who have contributed to this blog.

Anonymous said...

as great as his elder bro,for me personally.

Dr. Amjad Parvez said...

Thumri singing was Barkat Ali Khan's forte. It is heritage.

Anonymous said...

Great site for lovers of classical greats. MPGupta

Ramakrishna Shanbhag said...

The list of desiples itself is evident that how much great Barkat aliji was.Present day thumri singers should observe the beauty of elaborating the sahitya bhava and ending the sum gracefully and variations of swaras gracefully. Worth downloading

roopa said...

what a beautiful sophisticated rendition!!!

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