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INAYAT KHAN

 

Inayat Khan was born in Baroda on 5th July 1882. He was the grandson of Prof. Moula Baksh, the eminent founder of the Academy of Indian Music established in Baroda under the patronage of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad of Baroda. Inayat Khan was adept in both the Hindustani and the Carnatic music. He was one of the firsts to bring the strains of Indian music to the West. He won great popularity and fame in the West during his travels in the USA, UK and Europe from 1910 to 1926. He performed at San Francisco's Ramakrishna Mission way back in 1910. He was the author of many books on music such as Minqar Mousiquar, Stee Sayaji Garbavali, Inayat Fiddle Shikshak, Inayat Geet-Ratnavali, Inayat Harmonium Shikshak and The Mysticism of Sound and Music. He contracted pneumonia and died in Delhi in 1927. Since he spent large part of his life from the age of 28 till the last year of his life abroad, very little is known about him in India.


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