Remembering Ustad Hafeez Khan Talwandi

We are saddened to announce that our classical vocal class teacher and beloved guru Ustad Hafeez Khan Talwandi passed away on Wednesday, 18 march 2009.

Ustad sahib belonged to the most ancient and respected Punjab classical vocal gharana, Talwandi. He has left behind hundreds of classical vocal students including his son Ali Hafeez Khan and his most senior student Ayesha Ali who performs regularly. Ustad Hafeez Khan performed extensively in Pakistan and all over the world.

A reference in his memory will be held at Lahore Chitrkar on Sunday, 22 March 2009.

Type: Condolence Reference
Time: 11:00 AM
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2009

RSVP: Shahid Mirza

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4 comments on “Remembering Ustad Hafeez Khan Talwandi

  1. Yes, of course – some time soon I will try and dig things out and share them with all those who may want to…


  2. Shahid Mirza says:

    Dear Bhaigi, ustad sahib always mentioned you in his conversations and the khandani tanpura which you gave him, we are trying to collect items, pics/writings/music by or about ustad hafeez khan, would you be kind to share anything you have with chitrkar & oblige, we have his 5 audio cds, thanks


  3. A personal loss – he was about to be appointed as Professor Emeritus in the ANAD Conservatory: An Institute of Arts, Aesthetics and Cultural Studies being set up in the historic city of Sultanpur Lodhi, Kapurthala.
    He was a great teacher – I had the opportunity of doing some intensive research with him in 1997 and 2000. Dr Khalid Basra was a dear friend and his loss in 1998 was also hard for Hafiz Khan Sahib to bear.
    He had a great sense of humour too! I remember that as we worked on some rare compositions – we laughed a lot. I will always cherish the two weeks I spent with him last – when we sang for up to 20 hours a day.
    How he tried to hide a raga (Mali Gaura) and its beautiful composition until I sang 6-7 compositions from Gurubani tradition in the same raag! And then he taught me…
    Another high point was when I had the chance to accompany both the brothers on the Jori-pakhawaj a few times in Lahore, it was fascinating.
    I have offered my blessings and full support to little Ali and Labrez.


  4. Saqib Razaq says:

    Extremely tragic news of monumental proportions. Hafeez Khan’s death is significant as he was the sole recognised authority on the Dhrupad gayaki of Talwandi, which to my knowledge has no representatives in neighbouring India.

    It is a great shame that the vast amount of knowledge this exponent possessed was not preserved in any form by Pakistani organisations or research scholars apart from selected recordings by Lahore Chitrkar, recordings and interviews by musicologist Bhai Baldeep Singh and a stint undertaken by the ustad at SOAS, University of London where he was a resident artist for a few months in the late or early 90s, enabling Dr. Richard Widdess to write a research paper in collaboration with the late Khalid Basra on the Talwandi Gharana. I’m not too sure how much knowledge is now left with his brother, Ustad Afzal Khan whom he used to perform with, or how much his son Ali or nephew Labrez were able to grasp during their training.

    May Allah bless his soul.



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