Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan the eminent Classical Vocalist, is a living embodiment of the continuity of Indian musical tradition through heritage
A rare Combination of academic proficiency and musical excellence, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan belongs to an illustrious school of music known as SAHASWAN RAMPUR GWALIOR GHARANA which owes its allegiance to SENIYA tradition represented by great Ustads like Ustad Wazir Khan, Ustad Bahadur Hussain Khan, Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan, Ustad Fida Hussain Khan, Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan and Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan.
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan is the grandson of Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan of SAHASWAN Gharana, who is the Son-in-law of the pioneer of Gwalior Gharana Ustad Haddu Khan Sahib, who was the court musician during the reign of king Wajid Ali Shah
By fortuitous Coincidence, Ustad Ji's wife too is the grand daughter of Padma Bhushan Ustad Mushtaq Husssain Khan.
Born over seven decades ago on March 3, 1931 in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan was initiated into music by his father Ustad Waris Hussain Khan.
He was groomed by Ustad Fida Hussain Khan, Father of the famous Maestro Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan. Later, Nissar Hussain Khan himself took him over under his wings. The Traditional Styles of Rampur, Gwalior And Sahaswan "Gharana'" are therefore distinctly to be observed in his performance Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan evinced particular interest in the history of Indian music and collaborated on a project of ancient Indian Music (Jati Gayan) with Acharya K.C Brahaspati, besides doing research work with him. He sang compositions derived from Natyashastra and Brihat Deshi written by Matang Rishi and from sharing Dev's Sangeet Ratnakar Based on Jati -Gayan. These had never been dung by any musician in recent times and for the first time after 700 years.
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb brought to life this Ancient Indian Classical Music from the hoary era. Seven of his records of 30 minutes each are preserved in the Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi.
Gifted with a melodious voice he has cultivated it in such a manner that he moves with comfortable ease throughout the span of four octaves. He is versatile singer who can perform both classical and light music with great virtuosity.
While his raga renditions show his refined sense of time , style and rhythm, his Thumri's, as also other lighter varieties are suffused with sensitivity and feeling.
Very few artists of his age had the opportunity to perform at the conference held by Honorable Shri Rajendra Prasad (Honorable President of India) in 1952 with great maestros of that time,
He also Acted in " Rain Maker" As Baiju Bawra ,a West German Documentary Film shot at Jaipur,besides being playback singer in the same film.
He has given his voice to more than 70 documentaries films made by Films Division, many of them receiving international & National Awards.
Conferred Padma Bhushan in the year 2006 by Shri A.P.J Abdul Kalaam (Honorable President of India
Conferred 'Padma Shree 'in the year 1991 by Shri R.Venkatraman (Honorable President of India
Conferred Central Sangeet Natak Academy Award by the Honorable President of India
Declared "Junior Tansen" in 1969 by Haridas Sangeet Sabha, Mangalore.
Conferred Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan Award
Conferred Ustad Chand Khan Award
Performed at Baltimore University and was conferred by the mayor an Honorary Citizenship of Baltimore City.
The Governor of Maryland Presented him with Honorary Citizenship for outstanding Contribution to the filed of Indian Classical Music in1986.
Performed at the Golden Jubilee in the presence of the honorable Queen of United Kingdom.
Performed at "Festival de Lille" in the presence of Lady Diana in France
Playback singer and Music Director of feature films which include many award-winning names such as:
• Bhuwan Shome
• Badnam Basti
• Chhand Pretticha (Marathi)
• Drut (Bengali)
• Umaro Jaan
• Aagman (Music Director also)
• Awadh Ke Vasikedar (Document Film)
• Shreeman Aashiq
As it is with any teacher, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan is indeed proud that some of his students have taken his training to soar pinnacles of success. He is extremely proud of:
Music maestro and oscar award winner A.R Rahman, Hariharan, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Murtuza Mustafa and Qadir Mustafa to name a few....