Inayat Hussain Khan

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Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan
Born 1849
Origin Sahaswan, India
Died 1919 (aged 70)
Genres Hindustani classical music,
Rampur-Sahaswan gharana
Occupation(s) Classical Vocalist

Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan (1849–1919) (Urdu: عنایت حسین خان ‎) was an Indian classical vocalist, and the founder of Rampur-Sahaswan gharana.

Early life[edit]

Born in Sahaswan, Badaun district to Ustad Mehboob Khan, a khayal singer and Veena player of the Rampur court. He was taught traditional khayals and the exquisite taranas created by Bahadur Hussain Khan (descendent of Naubat Khan,his grandnephew was Wazir Khan (Rampur)) in all major ragas and also many rare ones. He was trained and lived in Rampur, and his gharana came to be called Rampur-Sahaswan gharana.[1]


He was a child prodigy. His First married the daughter of Haddu Khan of the Gwalior gharana, and trained from Ustad Bahadur Hussain Khan, a descendent of Tansen. His singing style has influences of the Dhrupad singing typical of the Gwalior gharana, and the Rampur-Shahaswan style is sometimes regarded as an off-shoot of the Gwalior gharana.[2]