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Mobarak Hossain Khan

Mobarak Hossain Khan (27 February 1938 – 24 November 2019) was a Bangladeshi musicologist, musician, and writer. He played the Surbahar, a string instrument meant for classical music.

Mobarak Hossain Khan
Born(1938-02-27)27 February 1938
Died24 November 2019(2019-11-24) (aged 81)
EducationMaster of Arts (History)
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
Spouse(s)Fauzia Khan
ChildrenReenat Fauzia, Tareef Hayat Khan, Tanim Hayat Khan


Khan was born on 27 February 1938.[1] He came from a musical background. His relatives include Ustad Dr. Alauddin Khan (his uncle), Ustad Ayet Ali Khan (his father), Ustad Dr. Ali Akbar Khan (his cousin), Srimati Annapurna Devi (his cousin), Pandit Ravi Shankar (Annapurna's husband of first marriage), Ustad Abed Hossain Khan (his eldest brother), Ustad Bahadur Khan (his elder brother), Sheikh Sadi Khan (his younger brother), his other cousins Ustad Khadem Hossain Khan, Ustad Mir Kashem Khan, his nephews Ustad Phuljhuri Khan, Ustad Khurshid Khan, Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan, Ustad Bidyut Khan, Ustad Kirit Khan, Reenat Fauzia (his daughter), and many others. He was the third son of Ustad Ayet Ali Khan. His grandfather was Sabdar Hossain Khan (Sadu Khan), and other uncles include Samiruddin Khan, Fakir (Saint) Aftabuddin Khan, Ustad Nayeb Ali Khan.

Career and awardsEdit

Khan was the director general of National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts (Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy) and former Chairman of Nazrul Institute named after the Poet-Laureate of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam. He was also the President of the Bangladesh Chapter of International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), the headquarters being in the USA and the President of Ustad Ayet Ali Khan Academy of Music. He also served Radio Bangladesh and former Radio Pakistan for a long stint of 30 years. He was also the secretary general of the International PEN Bangladesh Chapter, headquarters being in London, UK

He visited many countries including USA, U. K., China, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, North Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Kuwait, Iran, India, Pakistan, and Australia[2] as a leader of cultural delegation, and also as an expert on radio, Saarc, Unesco, as well as on classical music.

Mobarak Hossain Khan and his wife Fauzia Khan were involved in planning, research and hosting a popular TV musical program on NTV, named Bajo ebong Bajao, which features Nazrul Sangeet with the sangat (co-performance) of Sitar, Sarod, and other classical instruments.[3]


Khan was a visiting lecturer of College of Music, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and associated with the Department of Drama and Music of Dhaka University and Rajshahi University. He earned his M. A. in history from Dhaka University.


Mobarak Hossain Khan wrote more than 100 books, several of which are in English. He also contributed to the 'Banglapedia' (the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh) published by the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.[4] His recent publications on music are:

  • Sangeetsadhak Abhidhan (Dictionary of Musicians).
  • Amar Sangeet Swajan (My Music Kindred).
  • Bangladesh Muslim Sangeetsadhak (Muslim Music Devotees of Bangladesh).

The three other books in English are:

  • —— (1988). Music and Its Study. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers. ISBN 978-8120707641.
  • —— (1992). Islamic Contribution to South Asia's Classical Music. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers. ISBN 978-8120713499.
  • —— (2002). Ustad Alauddin Khan: The Legend in Music. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers. ISBN 978-8120723115.

Personal lifeEdit

Khan was married to Fauzia Yasmin. They had one daughter Reenat Fauzia and two sons Dr. Tareef Hayat Khan and Tanim Hayat Khan.

Honors and awardsEdit


Khan died on 24 November 2019 at the age of 81.[1][5][6]


  1. ^ a b "সংগীত ব্যক্তিত্ব মোবারক হোসেন খান আর নেই". Prothom Alo (in Bengali). 24 November 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Mobarak Hossain Khan honored in Sydney".
  3. ^ "Bajo ebong Bajao".
  4. ^ Khan, Mobarak Hossain (2012). "Khan, Ustad Abed Hossain". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  5. ^ "চলে গেলেন সংগীতজ্ঞ ওস্তাদ মোবারক হোসেন". Kaler Kantho (in Bengali). 24 November 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  6. ^ "মোবারক হোসেন খান আর নেই". Bhorer Kagoj (in Bengali). 24 November 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.


  • Marcus, Scott L. (1 November 1990). "Book reviews – South Asia". Journal of Asian Studies. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. 47 (4): 974–975. ISSN 0021-9118.

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