Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan

Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan was a Hindustani classical vocalist, from the Patiala gharana.

Bade Ghulam Ali had a unique voice, a wide range spanning three octaves, effortless production, all-round sweetness and unparalleled flexibility and ease of movement in all tempi. His style possessed an exceptional lucidity and clarity in addition to serenity and calmness. With an extraordinary blend of technique and appeal Bade Ghulam Ali could render fluent khayals, sprightly thumris, erotic ghazals and soulful bhajans with an artistry all his own. Khansahib was obsessed with his riyaz. He spent all his free time practising paltas and taans to the accompaniment of the perfectly tuned swaramandal held in his lap. He formulated a very scientific way of voice culture, which gave him absolute command over his voice and the rare ability to encompass all forms of singing from regional folk to the purest khayals with extraordinary ease.



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