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 was born into a musical family of Dilli Gharana at Mausiqui Manzil in Darya Ganj, Delhi. His father, Naseer Ahmed Khan, and his grandfather Usman Khan were great musicians and ustads of the Dilli Gharana. His brother, Imran Ahmed Khan (known also as 'Imran Khan' and 'Imran Ahmed') is also a flourishing singer.

Tanveer was born in Daryaganj, Delhi, and grew up there, attending St. James School, Munirka, New Delhi. He started learning classical music at the early age of four years from his granduncle Chand Khan (effective founder of the Dilli Gharana). He then learnt from his grandfather Usman Khan and father Naseer Ahmed Khan. He was only ten years old when his father, naseer Ahmed Khan, died in 1986. Tanveer then continued his musical training from various maestros of Dilli Gharana such as Zafar Ahmed Khan, Zahoor Ahmed Khan and Hilal Ahmed Khan, all of whom were either the brother of first cousin of his late father. In 1994, Tanveer started learning from Iqbal Ahmed Khan, the khalifa (head) of his family, and again a cousin of his father.


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

He has also performed for 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.[citation needed]

Tanveer has won awards in music like Sangeet Ratna, Kala shree, Sahitya Kala Parishad, All India Music Award, Begum Akhtar Award, Surmani and Sangeet Shiromani.[citation needed] 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 "