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Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan (1909–93) was a Hindustani classical vocalist from the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana. He was a disciple and son of Ustad Fida Hussain Khan and after a long and illustrious career was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1971.He was the court musician of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III at Baroda and was featured extensively on All India Radio. He was a specialist in Tarana. His most famous disciples are Ustad Ghulam Mustafa khan and Rashid Khan.
Khansahib inherited a vast repertoire of well-known and obscure melodies from his forebears. His rich, resonant voice was cultivated through decades of training. He embellishes the modal form of the ragas with flashes of “gamaks”, “bol-taans” and “sargams”. As an exponent of the “khayal” style, he renders “taranas” with distinction.
Khan’s most famous disciple was his grandnephew Rashid Khan. Tutelage under his granduncle-guru changed the course of his life and made him what he is today. It was Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan who nurtured the latent potential of Rashid through his training in the traditional master-apprentice manner, first at his own residence at Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, and subsequently at the Sangeet Research Academy in Calcutta, where he spent the last years of his life.
Khansahib’s gharana, the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, owes its existence to the Senia traditions and has a revered lineage of classical vocalists like the great Ustads Bahadur Hussain Khan, Inayat Hussain Khan, Fida Hussain Khan and Mushtaq Hussain Khan.