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R.I.P. … Tabla teacher Ustad Mohammad Hanif Khan Mirajkar ( ✞ 29th Dec 2014)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 29, 2014

Tabla maestro Ustad Mohammad Hanif Khan Mirajkar is no more… he demised on 29th Dec 2014 as being informed by his son Nawaz Mirajkar couple of hours ago.


Ustad Mohammad Mirajkar was born in 1938 into a family of musicians. He was the son and disciple of Tabla maestro Ustad Mehboob Khan Mirajkar (born in 1868 in Pune).

Source: Musical event Taal Samparnam 75th Birthday of Ustad Mohammad Hanif Khan Mirajkar (13th Dec 2012)

Source: Musical event Taal Samparnam – 75th Birthday of Ustad Mohammad Hanif Khan Mirajkar (13th Dec 2012)

He had learned tabla from his elder brother, Late Ustad Abdul Khan Mirajkar, too. He had also the opportunity to study under the maestro Ustad Jahangir Khan from Benares, under whose tutelage he learnt many rare tabla compositions.

Ustad Mohammad Hanif Khan became a full time tabla teacher in 1986. He was a recipient of numerous awards, the most recent being “Laya Vadya Ratna” by Temple Of Fine Arts International in year 2002 in Malaysia, “Kala Shree” from “Sangeet Sadhana” in Pune in 2000, “Rajiu Gandhi Puraskar” in 1997 and “Gaurav Padak” from Pune Corporation in 1994.

Nawaz Mirajkar on Tabla...

Nawaz Mirajkar on Tabla…

Ustad Mohammad Hanif Khan was trained in the Lucknow gharānā (known as Purab Gharana), but having extensive knowledge in all the Gharanas he had a unique teaching style evident among his students. His senior students came from all over India, e.g. Dr. Rajendra Durkar and Nitin Kulkarni. He had also taught Prakash Kandaswamy Vickneshwaran Rainakrishnan and his son Nawaz Mirajkar who are now Tabla teachers at Temple of Fine Arts International. (Source: www.nawaztabla.com )

Our condolences go to Nawaz Mirajkar and his family, close friends and musical fans. May Ustad Mohammad Hanif Khan Mirajkar rest in peace… unluckily we cannot present any video material beside the performances of Mohammad Mirajkar’s son.

Nawaz Mirajkar with students from the Temple of Fine Arts (Singapore)…

Ustad Usman Khan (Sitar) & Nawaz Mirajkar (Tabla)…

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