Ustad Naseeruddin Saami is one of the top Khayal singers today.
Khayal: Raga Alhaiya Bilawal
Bandish: Ae Daiya, Kahan Gaye Ve Log, Braj Ke Basaiya
Recital: Ustad Naseeruddin Saami @ APMC, Karachi
The name of Naseeruddin Saami needs no introduction in the field of music. His ancestors founded the school of music known as the "DELHI GHARANA". His forefathers were Coffilected with the Darbar of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. His ancestor MIYAN SAMATH had the privilege of being the disciple of Hazrat Ameer Khusro.
From this family another great personality QUTUB BAKSH alias USTAD TAN RAS KHAN SAHEB was the master in Music in the court of Bahadur Shah Zafar. In his last days, he migrated to Hyderabad, Deccan and as close to the Royal Darbar of Mir Mehboob Ali Pasha.Naseeruddin Saami, of the Delhi Gharana, son of Abdul Hamid Khan Saami was born in a family of classical vocalists, who have been practising their Art for more than 730 years. Naseeruddin Saami's ancestor Miyan Samath was trained by Hazrat Ameer Khusro himself, and the generations of singers that followed kept up the tradition and further honed it to a high level of intricacy and refinement.Ustad Naseeruddin Sami has the honour of possessing two
Naseeruddin has been guided by four mentors - the main one being his Ustad and uncle Munshi Raziuddin. Ustad Sardar Khan, Iftikhar Alrrned and Piaray Khan are the other three whom he avidly follows.
Naseeruddin started his training from the age of 10 years. His style of singing is called 'Sudh Bani'. From 1958-62 he trained with his grand uncle Sardar Khan in Lahore. His other two uncles Iftikhar Ahmed and Piaray Khan were stationed in Karachi, so he had the opportunity to be with them alongwith Munshi Raziuddin in Karachi.
Naseeruddin is a strict follower in the style of his family tradition-keeping 'Sur' as the most important component of his singing. His singing is peaceful and calm. Heartfelt rendition of the raga, manifesting the emotions which are mentioned in the bandish is one of the main aspects of Khyal Gaiki, in which he excels. He shows his versatility by also singing, Sadara, Thumri