Shaukat Hussain Khan,Ahmedabad
Shaukat Hussain Khan " Niazi " was born into a family,which has rich heritage traditon in Hindustani classical music. He is the son of the legendary Late. Ustaad Sharafat Hussain Khan Saaheb - the doyen of the Agra - Atrauli Gharana.
Shaukat's initiation into the world of music began at the age of five. Under the tutelage of his father, Ustaad Shaukat Hussain's prodigious talent blossomed. Later after his father's demise, he received guidance from his maternal Uncles Ustaad Yunus Hussain Khan and Ustaad Mubarak Ali Khan. He continues to take guidance from Shrimati Purnima Sen, a disciple of Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan.
Ustaad Shaukat Hussain Khan has emerged as one of the leading exponents of the Agra Atrauli Gharana. Blessed with a mellifluous voice ranging over three octaves, his rendition displays a perfect command over bol-baat, bol-taan and laykaari - features that are distinctive of his gharana.
A versatile artiste, he can sing Khayal, Drupad, Dhamar, Thumri with consummate ease. His repertoire of ragas include such rare melodies like Bawra, Dhanashree, Malti, Basant, Malva Kalyan, Hem Kalyan, etc. With a treasure of more than 200 bandishes, he is a performer of exceptional merit.
He has participated in various music conferences and has performed at various concerts in India and abroad. Besides winning accolades as a performer, he is also credited with grooming a new generation of performers in the Agra Atrauli tradition.
Shaukat is currently the divisional head for vocal music at the Saptak School of Music, in Ahmedabad, and provides invaluable guidance for young and aspiring singers.