Tanvir Ahmed Khan

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Tanveer Ahmed Khan
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Background information
Birth name Tanveer Ahmed Khan
Born (1976-08-14)August 14, 1976
Mausiqui Manzil, Darya Ganj, Delhi
Genres Hindustani classical music, Gazal, Sufi
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1987–Present

Ustad Tanveer Ahmed Khan (born 1976) is an Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition, from the Delhi Gharana (school). He sings Khyal, Thumri, Dadra, Tappa, Tarana, Bhajans and Ghazals.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Tanveer Ahmed Khan was born into a musical family of Dilli Gharana at Mausiqui Manzil in Darya Ganj, Delhi. He started learning classical music at the early age of 4 years from Chand Khan. After him, he learnt from his grandfather Usman Khan and later from his father Naseer Ahmed Khan. He has lived in Delhi from his childhood and has done his schooling from St. James School, Munirka, New Delhi. After the death of Naseer Ahmed Khan in 1986, Tanveer continued his musical training from various maestros of Dilli Gharana such as Zafar Ahmed Khan, Zahoor Ahmed Khan and Hilal Ahmed Khan. In 1994, he started learning from Iqbal Ahmed Khan.

Dilli Gharana and Gayaki (Style)[edit]

Miyan Achpal Khan is the fountainhead of the Dilli Gharana. A senior contemporary and sangeet guru (music preceptor) of Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor, Miyan Achpal Khan trained the likes of Tanras Khan. He belonged to the lineage of Meer Hasan Samant and was son and Mureed (spiritual disciple) of Bheekan Shah. Miyan Achpal Khan was both a musician and composer of high order. After Miyan Achpal Khan, the legacy continued with his grandson Chand Khan.

In Dilli Gharana, Gayaki is quite different from others. The unfolding of the raga begins with nom-tom alaap followed by the vilambit (slow tempo) khayal. After enunciating the asthayi, the raga is elaborated with bol-alaap (badhat), after which the vocalist proceeds with the antara. Dilli Gharana does not rigidly confine to note by note development of raga but makes judicious sortie into higher octaves. This segment is embellished with gamak, meend, khatka, murki etc. This style is especially known for its lachav and ghulav (flexibility and melting).

The drut (fast tempo) khayal begins with bol-banav, i.e. artistic variation of text. Dilli Gharana is reputed for its variety of intricate taans, which may well be called its hallmark. Other outstanding features are the shapely amad, complex yet accurate tihaais, purity of raga and fidelity of compositions.


Tanveer has given many successful performances in various cities of India and abroad such as Australia, Holland, U.A.E., Bangladesh, Pakistan and many Gulf countries.

He has also performed for many prestigious music societies such as Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan, Sangeet Natak Academy, Malhar Maha Ustav Gwalior, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Asavari, Haridas Tansen Music Festival, SEHMAT, SA MA PA Music Festival, Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan Yaadgaar Sabha and Khashi Baithak Sabha.

He teaches at the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts at Delhi University, and at Indraprastha University.

Tanveer has won many awards in music like Sangeet Ratna, Kala shree, Sahitya Kala Parishad, All India Music Award, Begum Akhtar Award, Surmani and Sangeet Shiromani. The Amir Khusro Institute of Music (AKIM) awarded him the title "Prince of Taan".


  1. ^ Khyāl: Creativity Within North India's Classical Music Tradition - Page 314 Bonnie C Wade - 1984 "Tanvir Ahmed Khan"
  2. ^ Remembering the champion of street theatre "Paying homage:Tanveer Ahmed Khan and Imran Ahmed Khan performing at the 24th Safdar Hashmi Memorial function celebrating the centenary of Saadat Hasan Manto and Balraj Sahni in New Delhi on Tuesday.- Photo: S. Subramanium "