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Musharaff Moulamia Khan

Pir-o-Murshid Musharaff Khan

Musharaff Moulamia Khan was born in Baroda (India) on 6 September 1895 and died in Hague (Netherlands) on 30 November 1967. Не was the youngest brother of Inayat Khan family, and shared his delight in music. While in his teens he had just come to Calcutta to study and be under the influence of his brother when Inayat was called away to America, and Musharaff was left alone. Within a year, however, he also journeyed to the west, where he joined Inayat and became one of 'The Royal Musicians of Hindustan.'

In the west, Musharaff took up the western method of vocal production and developed a strong tenor voice. To adapt to western business ways and make a career of music, though, was not so easy. In the words of Inayat, "After many years of his stay in the West, Musharaff kept to the East just the same, in his way of looking at things and especially in living in eternity."

Musharaff was married twice, once to Savitri van Rossum du Chattel, who died in India in 1946, and a second time, to Shahzadi de Koningh, with whom he lived in The Hague and who survived his death in 1967.

On the death of Pir-o-Murshid Ali Khan in 1958, Pir-o-Murshid Musharaff assumed the leadership of the Sufi Movement.


LP recordings:


  • Musharaff Moulamia Khan "Pages in the life of a Sufi", Den Haag - East West Publications, 1982. 155pp.. ISBN 90-6271-662-8. Third Edition.
  • Musharaff Moulamia Khan "Pages in the life of a Sufi", Moscow (Russian translation) - Sfera Publishers, 2002. 148pp.. ISBN 5-93975-088-5
  • Musharaff Moulamia Khan "Der Zauber Indiens - Aus dem Leben eines Sufi", Weinstadt - Verlag Heilbronn, 2014, 208 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-936246-08-7