Moinuddin Khan

Moinuddin Khan
Background information
Origin Jaipur, Rajasthan
Genres Hindustani classical music
Occupation(s) instrumentalist, vocalist
Instruments sarangi

Moinuddin Khan is a veteran Indian classical instrumentalist and vocalist, who plays sarangi. Based in Jaipur, he belongs to the "Jaipur gharana" of Hindustani classical music. Renowned for dignified method of presenting ASTHAI-ALAAP-ANTRA in Vilambit and DRUT with LAYAKARI has an extereme control over TAN - GAMAKplaying. [1]

Ustad Moinuddin Khan is a TOP GRADE ARTIST from All India Radio, Jaipur in Hindustani Classical Music. Ustad Moinuddin Khan has performed his solo programmes under National programme of music on Tuesday as well as Saturday Night on All India Radio a number of times

In 2014, Government of India conferred upon him its fourth-highest civilian award the Padma Shri.[2]

Early life and background

Ustad Moinuddin Khan belongs to a traditional family of musicians of Jaipur. Khan Saab inherited the art of music form and started his musical training in sarangi at age 7 from his (Late) Father Ustad Mehboob Khan who was a well known Sarangi Player. Ustad Mehaboob Khan himself has trained a number of students and the most outstanding students among them is the well known Pandit Ram Narayanji. Ustad Moinuddin Khan hails from a family of noted musicians , .[3][4]


He worked with All India Radio, jaipur as sarangi player for several years.[5] Over the years he has given solo performances, on state-run Doordarshan television channel, and also All India Radio.[6] Besides this he has also performed at concerts in countries like France, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and other European countries.[3] He also accompanied on sarangi notable vocalists like Ghulam Ali Khan, Amir Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Begum Akhtar, Faiyaz Khan, and tabla maestro, Zakir Hussain at various concerts.[1][5]

He also received acclaim to his sarangi renditions as he appeared in a sequence of 1999 English film, Holy Smoke!, shot in Pushkar. He was shown playing sarangi along with his disciples and actress Kate Winslet also featured in the scene.[1][6]

He was won several state-level and national-level awards during his career, including a state-level award on Republic Day, 1994.[3] He was awarded the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 2001-2002.[7] In 2006, he received the annual Dagar Gharana honour given by Maharana Mewar Foundation of Udaipur for his contribution to the promotion of classical music.[6]

He lives in the Kalyanji Ka Rasta area within the Walled City area of Jaipur,[8] where he continues to teach his disciples employing the guru-shishya tradition, sarangi, violin, and Hindustani classical singing.[1][5]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Reflecting nuances of Jaipur gharana". The Tribune. November 23, 2003. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  2. "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
  3. 1 2 3 "Dalveer Bhandari, Panagariya, Moinuddin Khan get Padma award". The Times of India. Jan 26, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  4. Sarangi is my beloved: Mounuddin Khan DNA, India. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  5. 1 2 3 "Anup Jalota Sings for CRY". CRY America Inc.(RDU Chapter). Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  6. 1 2 3 "Honour for sarangi maestro". The Hindu. Mar 27, 2006. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  7. "Awards: Classical Music(Instrumental)". Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  8. "Sarangi player Moinuddin Khan was selected for Padma Shri on Saturday". The Times of India. Jan 26, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
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