Ghulam Hasan Khan, an eminent young Hindustani classical vocalist is a living embodiment of the continuity of Indian Music tradition through heritage. Besides, being the Artist of All India Radio, Doordarshan, and Prestigious ICCR (Indian Council for cultural relations), he has been performing in India and abroad from the age of 7 years.
We have our Guest in Hunches ‘n’ Punches for September 2020 Edition, a Young and talented Classical Vocalist from Rampur Gharana ‘Ghulam Hasan Khan’.
Hunches ‘n’ Punches with Ghulam Hasan Khan
What skills have you learned that will help you in your classical singing career?
I have learned the traditional bandishes of my Gharana Rampur-Sahaswan and even bandishes of other gharanas as well. The gayaki ang from other gharanas are also important for me to establish my singing career in Indian Classical music.
What made you decide to pursue a career in Music?
My dad Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan Sahab initiated me to learn Indian Classical music, and to continue the heritage and rich tradition of my Gharana I decided to learn Hindustani classical vocals from my Grandfather Padmashree Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan.
- What kind of singer would you classify yourself as?
Hindustani Classical vocalist.
Music ‘Gharana’ Meaning for Non-Music People and why classical music artists stick to it.?
Indian Classical Music training and learning has its roots in the teacher-student parampara or guru-shishya tradition. A Gharana comes into being when a consistent style and method of music singing or playing musical instruments is passed on from one generation to another over 3 or more generations.
What has been the best performance of your career so far?
I always try my best on stage, but the best performance is yet to come. I have just begun my journey. there is more to come.
How will you cope with being away from home for long periods?
I have an app for tabla and tanpura, wherever I go.. ‘riyaz’ is the first option to kick off my boredom. I play cricket. It will also help me to stay away and without a home for a long time.
Who is your inspiration?
My great grandfather, First Padmabhushan Awardee of India, Padmabhushan Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khansahab, Rampur Sahaswan Gharana.
What is the Biggest Hurdle in your Music Career?
It was back in 2007 when I was invited with my Grandfather to perform in the Rashtrapati Bhavan in front of our Honourable President Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam sir, we were invited to perform a concert in the year 2007.
First Music Instrument you played and how many instruments you can play?
The electronic Keyboard was the first instrument I played, after that, I have a swarmandal (Indian harp) which is played while rendering a Raga or while I perform during concert.
Do you have any plans for Collaboration with Different type Music Artists or into commercial Music?
I have plans..!! but for the next year in 2021.. and just hoping that everything is fine in the future..as I wish that these hard times should pass quickly.
Why it is Important to Learn, Study, and understand Classical music?
It is not important for everyone to learn and understand the importance of Classical music, actually, there are fewer people who can or who are able to understand such intellectual music and its properties.. but for a student who really wants to pursue his/her career in music should definitely learn the aspects, depth, theory, Sur Lagaav in Indian Classical music, because Hindustani Shastriya sangeet is the pillar and it rules when it comes to learning singing.
How you differentiate Indian and Western Ordinance and Indian Diaspora abroad?
Almost all Indian music is based on melody – single notes played in a given order. Western music has strong harmonic content i.e. a group of notes called chords played simultaneously. Unlike the Indian tonal system, the Western tonal system is divided into twelve equal intervals.
Did you watch the Latest series on Amazon Prime Video ‘Bandit Bandish’ on Classic Music Artists? If yes what is your view on it?
Didn’t watched yet.
What is your view on the ‘Signing Reality Show on National Television’?
Any Message for Music Aspirants who are looking for overnight success?
“Pehle Saa Lagana seekhiye, Ache sangeet ki pehchaan samjhiye” then look for success..but not overnight, “work hard, maintain the passion in you and then try your luck. “
According to You, what is your Success Metric in Music?
Time is a key success metric. Conventional success metrics are not always the best indicator of success. The number of “likes” on social media isn’t always a good success metric. I am still working hard and there is a very long way to go.
Are Youtube Views the right way to judge the success of a Song and Artist.
Your View on fake View and ‘Badshah’ fake Views controversy?
I have no comments for such people and for their audience too.
How was the Recent Lockdown for you a Bliss or Pain?
I faced many hardships in the lockdown period, because of No Live concerts, I earned money by taking online classes.. it was bliss when I performed for various online concerts.
What is your message to Fans cross the Global in these tough times?
Keep supporting me. I want all your love and blessings.
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