Oldest Khayal Gayaki Gharana, founded by Hazrat Ameer Khusro (RA) in the 13C CE
Dilli has always been a melting pot of various cultures, religions, beliefs which reflect in its architecture, art forms, food and of course music- a fact which has been well embraced by the Dilli Gharana and the result is its very own inimitable style of singing the same taans by giving it variety and intricacy which has now become its hall mark.
Dilli Gharana is a treasure house of various forms such as Khayal, Tarana, Qaul, Qualbana, Naqsh and it also has folk music based forms like Savela, Banhra geet, Suhag geet, Jhoola and Sawan geet.
Apart from the different style of gayaki Dilli Gharana is also credited with the invention of musical instruments- Ustad Bundu Khan for his small sarangi called Tota and Ustad Mamman Khan for his instrument called “Sursagar” which had a combination sounds from the Sarangi, Sitar and Surbahar.
Ustad Chand Khan Sahab- The Sangeet Martand
The khayal tradition of Hazrat Amir Khusro was carried on by Ustad Mamman Khan’s son Ustad Chand Khan who was a very well known vocalist in the court of Patiala. Ustad Chand Khan, the maternal grandfather of Ustad Iqbaal performed in various courts and provinces like Indore, Baroda, Ajmer Sharif, Jodhpur, Jammu, Patiala, Malairkotla, Jeend and Hyderabad, the list is inexhaustible. He single handedly worked towards regaining the lost glory of Dilli Gharana and reinstating the status that it so deserved. In the year 1963 he was conferred with the title Sangeet Martand by Bhartiya Sangeet Tatha Lalit Kala Vidyapeeth, Kanpur.
Created by Vusat Iqbal Khan & Mohd Imran Khan from Dilli Gharana
Sursagar Society of Delhi Gharana (Regd)
Dilli Gharana Productions
Ameer Khusro Institute of Music