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Bade Ghulam Ali Khan (Singer) – age, family, career and much more



Ghulam Ali Khan

So Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan is famously called the Tansen of the 20th century. Basically, he is an Indian vocalist.


Birth2 April 1902
Age66 years
GenresHindustani classical music
Occupation Singer
AwardsSangeet Natak Akademi Award (1962 and 1967) Padma Bhushan Award (1962) Death 23 April 1968
Death23 April 1968

Physical stats

Weight:65 kg
Height:1.65 m
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FatherAli Baksh Khan
MotherNot Known
Siblings3 brothers-  Barkat Ali Khan, Mubarak Ali Khan and Amanat Ali Khan
ChildrenSon- Munawar Ali Khan


Initially, Khan started his singing career with uncle Kale khan and father Ali Baksh Khan. Basically he was from Kasaur, Pakistan

Basically, he mixed the best of three traditions into his Patiala-Kasur style– the Behram Khani elements of Dhrupad, the gyrations of Jaipur, and the embellishments of Gwalior. 

Additionally, then-Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Bombay Chief Minister Moraji Desai helped him acquire Indian citizenship and accommodation. Later, he moved to a bungalow situated in Mumbai’s Malabar Hills. 

Initially once Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan demanded Rs 25,000 per song. However at that time singers such as Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi charged below Rs 500 per song. Basically he hoped that the director will give up and leave. However, to Khan’s disappointment, director Asif agreed to pay the price quoted by him and even paid a sum of Rs 10,000 in advance.  He sang for Mughal-e-azam as well.

Awards received

Basically, Khan received on of the most prestigious awards- Padma Bhushan Award.

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1962)
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi fellow (1967)
  • Padma Bhushan Award (1962)

Net worth

Additionally, as per reports, his net worth was $5Million

Cause of Death

Basically, in the last few years of his life, he had been partially paralyzed by a chronic illness . Hence he stayed in Basheer Bagh Palace in Hyderabad on 23 April 1968. Also, Munawar Ali Khan, his son, continued to support him by singing and performing until his death


  • Firstly, in 1968, Harisadhan Dasgupta made a documentary film about Khan, titled Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Sahib.
  • Secondly, A student of his, Malti Gilani, founded the Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Yaadgaar Sabha in 2017. Through it, his memory and music will live on.
  • Thirdly Basheerbagh’s main street is named in his honour, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Marg.

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