Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan

A commemorative postage stamp on the exponent of Sarod, Haafiz Ali Khan :

Issued by India

Issued on Dec 28, 2000

Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue this commemorative stamp in honour of Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan.

Credits :
Stamp : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd. – based on the concept design by Alka Sharma
FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Watermark : No

Colour : Five Colour

Denomination : 300 Paise

Overall size : 2.91 x 3.9 Cms.

Printing size : 2.91 x 3.9 Cms.

Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5

Paper : Matt Chromo

Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million in sheets of 40

Printing Process : Photo Offset

Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.

Name : Haafiz Ali Khan

Born on 1888 at Gwaliar, Madhya Pradesh, India

Died on 1972 at New Delhi, India

About : 

  • After different training stints, he returned to Gwalior and became the court musician of Maharaja Madhav Rao Sindhia. Hafiz Ali participated in many music conferences and sammelans and earned praise and popularity. His music career also saw him moving to Calcutta, where he lived and performed for nearly 10 years.

  • Hafiz Ali was an ardent believer and practitioner of old traditional methods. The charm of his performance was his inherent vitality, ability to entertain and sustain his listeners’ interest. Having learnt Dhrupad, Dhamar, grandiose style and the light romantic thumri style his performances were always melodious, pleasing and refreshing. He preferred the accompaniment of Pakhawaj, instead of tabla in his performance. He was a purist and did not defile the melody pattern and characteristics of the established traditional ragas by making changes in the note-pattern, synthesizing old Hindustani Ragas with Karnataki Ragas and newly self-composed Ragas. He did not favour the wave of neo-classicism. But he did not discourage his disciples or his own son Amjad Ali to try these new experiments. He was one of the top ranking instrumentalists. He had helped to popularise the traditional style of playing Sarod. He has trained many disciples, amongst them is his son Ustad Amjad Ali Khan of world-wide fame. He was awarded the title of ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 1960 by the President of India.

  • The house where Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan used to live in Gwalior has now been converted into ‘Sarod Ghar’ – a museum for musical heritage, and stands as a testament to the glorious contribution made by him to the world of music.

  • Text : National Biography Series edited by SP Sen, and material furnished by the sponsors.

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