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Sukhawat Ali Khan

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Sukhawat Ali Khan (born 1960), son of Indian-Pakistani vocalist Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and nephew of Nazakat Ali Khan,[1] is a classical singer of Sham Chaurasia gharana tradition,[2] as well as a performer of North Indian and Pakistani classical music and related folk music.[3] He began singing and playing the harmonium at age seven[3] and has performed around the world.[2] He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area[4] where he performs in the world-fusion ensemble Shabaz (formerly the Ali Khan Band) with his sister Riffat Salamat and her husband Richard Michos.[1]

About his heritage and music, Sukhawat Ali Khan has said:

Each song I do has classical thought behind it and I know how to sing it properly, but my style comes from my life, too. I spent time in New York. I go to clubs. I like the hip hop beat, Latin music, rave. ... There's a performing energy there that I also feel. It's the same kind of energy a good Qawwali singer has, and we can really express it freely in America.


Sukhawat Ali currently leads two music ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Ghazal/Qawwali/Folk collective and a Sufi world fusion band. He is also actively involved in teaching Hindustani Classical music.


  • Jogiya - 2023 (Single with Deepak Ram) [5]
  • Saaye - 2023 (Single)
  • Paar Karo - 2022 (Single with Deepak Ram) [6]
  • Laaj - 2013 (with Deepak Ram )[7]
  • Taswir - 1998 (with the Ali Khan Band)
  • Zindagi - 2000 (with the Ali Khan Band)
  • Shabaz - 2001 (with Shabaz)
  • Shukriya - 2007 (solo and with his Shukriya ensemble)


  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Sukhawat Ali Khan Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b "SHABAZ MUSIC". www.ektaonline.org. Archived from the original on 11 July 2003.
  3. ^ a b "Sukhawat Ali Khan Downloads :: Calabashmusic.com". Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2007.
  4. ^ a b "World Music Central - Your connection to World Music". worldmusiccentral.org. Archived from the original on 25 September 2003.
  5. ^ SunoMa
  6. ^ SunoMa
  7. ^ Casa Ganesh Records

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