Mobarak Hossain Khan

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Mobarak Hossain Khan
Born 1938 (age 78–79)
Nationality Bangladeshi
Education Master of Arts (History)
Alma mater University of Dhaka
Spouse(s) Fauzia Khan
Children Reenat Fauzia, Tareef Hayat Khan, Tanim Hayat Khan

Mobarak Hossain Khan (born 1938) is a Bangladeshi musicologist, musician, and writer. He plays the Surbahar, a string instrument meant for classical music.


Mobarak Hossain Khan came from musical background - Ustad Dr. Alauddin Khan (his uncle), Ustad Ayet Ali Khan (his father), Ustad Dr. Ali Akbar Khan (his cousin), Srimati Annapurna Devi (his cousin), Pandit Ravi Shankar (Annapurna's husband of first marriage), Ustad Abed Hossain Khan (his eldest brother), Ustad Bahadur Khan (his elder brother), Sheikh Sadi Khan (his younger brother), his other cousins Ustad Khadem Hossain Khan, Ustad Mir Kashem Khan, his nephews Ustad Phuljhuri Khan, Ustad Khurshid Khan, Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan, Ustad Bidyut Khan, Ustad Kirit Khan, Reenat Fauzia (his daughter), and many others. He is the third son of Ustad Ayet Ali Khan. His grandfather is Sabdar Hossain Khan (Sadu Khan), and other uncles include Samiruddin Khan, Fakir (Saint) Aftabuddin Khan, Ustad Nayeb Ali Khan.

Career and awards[edit]

He is the former Director General of National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts (Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy) and former Chairman of Nazrul Institute named after the Poet-Laureate of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam. He is also the President of the Bangladesh Chapter of International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), the headquarters being in the USA and the President of Ustad Ayet Ali Khan Academy of Music. He has served Radio Bangladesh and former Radio Pakistan for long 30 years. He is also the Secretary General of the International PEN Bangladesh Chapter, headquarters being in London, UK

He has visited many countries including USA, U. K., China, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, North Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Kuwait, Iran, India, Pakistan, and Australia[1] as a leader of cultural delegation, and also as an expert on radio, Saarc, Unesco, as well as on classical music.

Mobarak Hossain Khan and his wife Fauzia Khan are involved in planning, research and hosting a popular TV musical program on NTV, named Bajo ebong Bajao, which features Nazrul Sangeet with the sangat (co-performance) of Sitar, Sarod, and other classical instruments.[2]


Mobarak Hossain Khan is a visiting lecturer of College of Music, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and associated with the Department of Drama and Music of Dhaka University and Rajshahi University. He earned his M. A. in history from Dhaka University.


Mobarak Hossain Khan has written more than 100 books, several of which are in English. He has also contributed to the 'Banglapedia' (the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh) published by the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.[3] His recent publications on music are:

  • Sangeetsadhak Abhidhan (Dictionary of Musicians).
  • Amar Sangeet Swajan (My Music Kindred).
  • Bangladesh Muslim Sangeetsadhak (Muslim Music Devotees of Bangladesh).

The three other books in English are:

  • —— (1988). Music and Its Study. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers. ISBN 978-8120707641. 
  • —— (1992). Islamic Contribution to South Asia's Classical Music. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers. ISBN 978-8120713499. 
  • —— (2002). Ustad Alauddin Khan: The Legend in Music. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers. ISBN 978-8120723115. 

Personal life[edit]

Mobarak Hossain Khan is married to Fauzia Yasmin. They have one daughter Reenat Fauzia and two sons Dr. Tareef Hayat Khan and Tanim Hayat Khan.

Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Mobarak Hossain Khan honored in Sydney". 
  2. ^ "Bajo ebong Bajao". 
  3. ^ Khan, Mobarak Hossain (2012). "Khan, Ustad Abed Hossain". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 


  • Marcus, Scott L. (1 November 1990). "Book reviews – South Asia". Journal of Asian Studies. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. 47 (4): 974–975. ISSN 0021-9118. 

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