Music Mela Conference 2014, Islamabad. Click image for larger view.
Music Mela Conference 2014, Islamabad. Click image for larger view.

My first musical instrument was the guitar which I picked up in 1990. I played and learned with friends at school, eventually composed songs and instrumentals, and occasionally performed at local concerts in Rawalpindi and Islamabad till 1996.

I also developed interest in all sorts of string instruments, especially ones belonging to the subcontinent. After having experimented with the rabab, sitar and violin, I finally bought a sarangi in April 1996, when I heard it being played by Ustad Nazim Ali in a recording of Roshan Ara Begum’s Jaunpuri. This was the first time that I approached Indian classical music seriously. As I was studying medicine at The Aga Khan University in Karachi, it took me more than a year to find an ustad with whom I commenced sporadic lessons in Rawalpindi, in July 1997.

I returned home after graduation in October 2002 and intended to resume taleem with my guru, but unfortunately, Ustad Mubarik Ali died in December 2002.

In January 2003, I became the student of Ustad Mehfooz Khokhar and continued my pursuit on a daily basis. I also benefited from the study of invaluable recordings, texts, images, and commentaries put together by Rajan Parrikar. In April 2004, I became the student of Ustad Allah Rakha, the last master of the sarangi in Pakistan who passed away on 24 May 20015.

Alongside private formal gatherings, I have performed at Radio Pakistan, Rawalpindi and Islamabad, and at events arranged by The All Pakistan Music Conference, Lahore. In February 2009, I was invited to Norway by Rikskonsertene (Concerts Norway) for a music workshop to collaborate and perform with two Norwegian musicians.

I also maintain one of the largest sarangi and classical vocal music archives at

Taimur Khan