Recital by ​Ustad Raja Miya

Event Date: 
20 May 2017 - 6:00pm

Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning


Sanskar Trust


invite you to an evening recital of renowned vocalist​​

Ustad Raja Miya

(Ghulam Husnain Khan)

with vocal support by Sarosh Bana


at 6 pm on 20 May 2017 Saturday

at Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning



Admission is free, but kindly arrive on time, as seating is limited & unreserved


Ghulam Husnain Khan, popularly known as Raja Miya, hails from an illustrious family of traditional musicians of the Agra gharana. His family has included some of the greatest stalwarts of the Hindustani classical tradition like the legendary Aftab-I-Mousiqi (the Sun of Music), Ustad Faiyaz Khan (prem piya) (1881-1950).

Raja Miya was initially groomed by his father, Ustad Anwar Hussain Khan. But with his father’s untimely death in 1966 at the age of 56, the youngster’s taalim (tutelage) became the responsibility of his uncle, the renowned vocalist, Padma Bhushan Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan (sajan piya). It was his father who gave him his moniker, Raja Miya, while he was still a child. He has also been conferred the title of ‘Sur Mani’ by the prestigious classical music and dance institution of Sur Singar Samsad.

Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan groomed Raja Miya intensely for over a decade till his demise. Raja Miya was also fortunate to receive taalim from his father’s cousin, the khalifa (or custodian) of the Agra gharana, Yunus Hussain Khan (darpan), who was the son of the illustrious Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan (pran piya). He was besides influenced by Ustad Latafat Hussain Khan (prem das) and Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan (prem rang), all formidable scions of their gharana.

From this privilege of learning from the great masters, Raja Miya inherited a remarkable understanding of music and imbibed the best of his gharana traditions. Singing with an intensity and vigour characteristic of his gharana, he renders the bandishes(compositions) in a resonant and pliable voice. Marked by dhrupad-like nom-tom aalap, bol-taans, bol-banav and bol-baant, his gayaki reflects the strong influence of the late Ustad Latafat Hussain Khan, who happened to be his father’s brother.

Raja Miya has given innumerable private and public performances and is besides a regular performer at mehfils all over the country. At a very early age, he was selected by the Maharashtra government for programmes sponsored by it in various districts of the state. He is also a regular artiste on All India Radio and on Doordarshan.

As a direct descendant and torch bearer of the Agra traditions, Raja Miya today dominates his gharana and often has to accede to his audiences’ requests for particular compositions​ typical of his gharana​ and of the style of its legendary exponents. 

Date: Saturday 20th May 2017

Time: 6.00 pm onwards


Venue : Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning 

             2nd Floor, Somaiya Bhavan (above Kitabkhana)

             M.G Road, Fort

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