I have been looking for Wajahat Hussain Khan Badauni for a while. Always wondered how the descendants of one of the greatest voices in qawwali (Jafar Husain Khan Badauni) could just disappear from public performances. So I tried to ask people if they knew where they were but had no success. For those of you who do not know of him, Wajahat is the grandnephew of the late Qawwali Maestro Jafar Hussain Khasaheb of Badaun. I even asked Yousuf Saeed in Delhi, thinking that he would surely know. Yousuf had been to Badaun many years back and met Jafar saheb, however did not have any further information about the next generation of qawwals. Also wondered why they have not yet been showcased by Muzaffar Ali in the annual Khusraw Festivals in Delhi.
Quite by coincidence and to my delight, I was recently contacted by his young nephew Nadeem Khan who is a classical singer based in Delhi. Nadeem and Wajahat are both from the Rampur Sehaswan Gharana and Wajahat Hussain Khan is the grandson and disciple of legendary Ustad Nissar Hussain Khansahab.
Born in Badaun, Wajahat was associated with Jaffar sahab at an early age due to his keen interest in Sufi music and started performing regularly ever since. An experienced qawwal of 45 now, Wajahat is recognized by most in the qawwali and classical fraternity for his musical prowess and understanding of 'gayaki'. His wonderfully melodeous style is quite similar to that of his granduncle the great Jafar Hussain Khansaheb. Enjoy the music!
I am hoping that from all the qawwali lover out there all over the world, some will take an interest in Wajahat Hussain Khan Qawwal party and will host the singer. In sab ki hosla afzai karna ham sab pe farz hai. achhay sunnein waaley kay bhi kuchh faraez hotay hein aakhir.