By: Mohammad Salim Khan, Associate Editor-ICN
“Mot uski hey jiska zamana karey afsos
Yun to sabhi ayen hen duniya mein marney k liye. “
Sahaswan/Budaun : 17 January 2021 Sunday was a day of disappointment for the classical music world and hundrends of millions of music lovers living in the country and abroad. Veteran music composer Padam Vibhushan Ghulam Mustafa Khan passed away from this mortal world on Sunday, 17 January. Padam Vibhushan Ghulam Mustafa Khan breathed his last at his residence at the age of 89. On hearing the news of his death, a wave of mourning moved in Bollywood and music world. Padam Vibhushan Ghulam Mustafa Khan was born on 3 March 1931 in the historic district of Uttar Pradesh, Budaun. His father’s name was Ustad Waris Hussain Khan and mother’s name was Sabri Begum who was the daughter of Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan. Ghulam Mustafa Khan belonged to the Rampur Sahaswan Gharana. For me and for the people of entire Sahaswan, it is a matter of concern that Padam Vibhushan Ghulam Mustafa Khan, who belongs to my native town Sahaswan, and Mushtaq Hussain Khan, who received the first Padam Bhushan in 1957, Inayat Hussain Khan and other legendary musicians, Spreaded the musical scent all over the world and illuminated the name of our country India and native town Sahaswan and District Budaun all over the world. Padam Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan was the eldest of his four brothers and three sisters. Ghulam Mustafa Khan is left a whole family behind him including his wife Aamna Bi, who is a grand daughter of Padam Bhushan Mushtaq Hussain Khan. Ghulam Mustafa has four sons named Ghulam Murtaza, Ghulam Qadir, Ghulam Rabbani, Alam and three daughters Nazma, Shadma and Rabia. This musical legacy of Ghulam Mustufa Khan is being carried forward by his four sons, nephew Nadeem and his grandchildren Aamir Mustufa and Faiz Mustufa. To give Ghulam Mustafa Khan his outstanding performance in the field of classical music and to enhance the pride of the country of India, the Government of India gave him Padam Shri in 1991 Padam Shri by the President of India K.R Narayana in 2006 Padam Bhushan by President A.P. J. Abdul Kalam and in 2018 Padam Vibhushan by President Ram Nath Govind and in addition to the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2003. The fans of Ghulam Mustafa Khan are not only in India but also abroad. Ghulam Mustafa Khan’s parents wanted him to be a musician, so he started his music education in his childhood. After his father demise, Ghulam Mustafa Khan studied music from Ustad Fida Hussain and his master Ustad Nisar Hussain. Away from the noise of the house, Ghulam Mustafa Khan chose the isolate atmosphere of the cemetery to perform practice and used to sit in the cemetery for hours. Ghulam Mustafa Khan started singing at the tender age of 5 and performed on stage in Budaun with his father at the age of 8 and Ali Maqsood was the chairman who conducted the program in Budaun. As Ghulam Mustafa Khan was the eldest of his sisters and brothers and the responsibility of family was also on his shoulders and he faced his responsibilities with full dedication while facing the challenges of life. There are many difficulties in the life of a human being and the hardships of time bring the person to the door of despair, but those who continue to struggle with patience and with full devotion and honesty to achieve their goals, one day such a thing happens in his life when success touches the person’s footsteps and by this example, Ghulam Mustafa Khan proved that if human sets a goal in his life and continue to struggle for it, then No strength of entire world can stop him from succeeding. Ghulam Mustafa Khan is not only a musician but also an inspiration for youngsters. Ghulam Mustafa Khan left Mumbai from Budaun and before moving to Mumbai, he ruled the hearts of the people with a sweet voice of classical music in Kanpur, Mahmudabad and All India Radio in 1950. Ghulam Mustafa Khan sang the first song in the Marathi language in 1951. At that time there used to be a Victoria Garden in every city and it was a custom (tradition) that one was to be performed one’s skills in front of people interested in music on the occasion of Janmashtami and Ali Maqsood would organised such beautiful program.
“The only person in the world is worthy to be honoured.
The person who has turned the face of adverse situation. “
A preceptor is identified with his disciples and there is a long list of successful disciples of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and his successful playback singer Sonu Nigam who considers Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan as a father. He organised a party 2 years ago on the occasion of his 87th birthday Mustafa Khan. The party was decorated with beautiful stars in the joy of being honored Ghulam Mustafa Khan with Padam Vibhushan. Most of the country’s music vocalists, playback singers writers and music composers participated in the party by famous lyricist Javed Akhtar, singer Anoop Jalota, singer Abhijeet Oscar Award winner music composer A R Rahman, Hariharan and Shaan. In that party, Anoop Jalota said that it is a matter of great pleasure that our Bharat Ratna Ghulam Mustafa Khan has been awarded the Padam Vibhushan. The government may not have given him the Bharat Ratna, but Ghulam Mustafa Khan is the Bharat Ratna for us. He further said that when the government gives Bharat Ratna, that person does not know what reward he is being rewarded. If the government gives Bharat Ratna at such a time as Sachin Tendulkar has been given Bharat Ratna, then that person can enjoy that reward in his life. Famous playback singer Abhijeet said that Ghulam Mustafa Khan helped me when all the money was lost with me and during the struggle, I was completely depressed and prepared to pack my belongings and go to my hometown Kanpur. At that time Ghulam Mustafa Khan introduced me to Dr. Niyogi, the director of Unilever and despite my failure to interview, I got work due to Ghulam Mustafa and whatever I am today because of Ghulam Mustafa Khan. Famous lyricist Javed Akhtar said that Ghulam Mustafa Khan is a master of uncountable qualities and if our great country India.He is not only a dignified personality but also an institution of India. He is like a sun which has given light to many stars. The party organized by Sonu Nigam managed by Namrata Gupta Khan, the wife of Ghulam Rabbani, son of Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
Ghulam Mustafa Khan visited to Sabase an last time on the occasion of Moharram 4 years ago and he visited to Badaun last in 2019 to attend his brother Raza Ahmed’s funeral. Ghulam Mustufa Khan always had a good relationship with the late Banney Khan’s family in Sahaswan. Whenever he would come in sahaswan, he would meet Shadab Ali Khan, the son of the late Banney Khan. President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and other politicians have expressed deep grief over the demise of Ghulam Mustafa Khan. On 20 January 2021, President Ram Nath Kovind wrote a condolence letter to his wife Aamna Bi and paid his respects & tribute to the departed soul and prayed to God for the peace of his soul. On hearing the news of his death, Lata Mangeshkar, popularly known as Melodius Queen, tweeted that Ghulam Mustafa Khan was my master and my niece learned music from him. Famous lyricists and musicians of bollywood like Melodius Queen Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle, actress Waheeda Rehman, actress Rani Mukherjee, Oscar Award winner A.M. R. Rehman, Sonu Nigam and Geeta Dutt are his disciples. Sonu Nigam, a famous singer and a disciple of Ghulam Mustafa Khan, became very emotional on hearing the news of his master’s death and he also supported the dead body of Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
Budaun is a city of great Sufi & saint. Great saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Rahmatullah Aleh, the empress who ruled over India Razia Sultana, famous lyricist Shakeel Budayuni and Abdul Qadir Badayuni, who worked for Urdu literature in the court of great Mughal emperor Akbar, the famous poet Urmilesh and the great music composer Ghulam Mustafa Khan, have been born in Budaun. On the evening of 17 January, Ghulam Mustafa Khan was handed over to the Santacruz Cemetery in Mumbai with full state honors. Policemen bowed their arms and gave a guard of honor to the departed soul. While giving an interview to Rajya Sabha TV, Ghulam Mustafa Khan said that Innalalaha Mahas Sabrin. Allah is with the persons who have patience. Today’s youth want to achieve success very quickly. Everything happens on a particular appointed time and Allah Ta’ala never wastes anyone’s struggle, so we have to keep our destination in mind and constantly try to achieve it
Inshallah success will touches your footsteps one day. As a journalist, I Mohammed Salim Khan Pays a tribute to our country’s pride late Ghulam Mustafa Khan Sahab through this article and I pray to Allah Ta-ala that may Almighty ALLAH places the departed soul on high dignity in Jannatul Firdos. Aameen ya Rabbul Aalameen……..
Internationally renowned of Rampur Sahaswan family famous poet Tahir Faraz “The living legend” , is adding more glory in the old custom of Rampur Sahaswan Gharana and increasing the pride of the country and the state. I finalize this article with his poem
“Jitney khushnuma manzar hen badaltey ja rahey hen
Hamarey ehed k mehtab dhaltey ja rahen hen. “