Born on the 25th of January 1984, Nadeem Khan hails from the reputed school of Hindustani Classical music, the Rampur-Sehaswan Gharana. This Gharana owes its elegance to the great Tansen, who was the court musician of the famous Mughal emperor, Akbar the Great. Ustad Inayat Husain Khan (1849-1919) was the founder of this gharana. This Gharana has been contributing to the needs of Hindustani Classical music for the past 150 years with names like Ustad Bahadur Husain Khan, Ustad Qutubuddin Khan (court musician and Prime Minister of Nawab Wajid Ali Khan of Awadh) and Ustad Inayat Husain Khan himself.
Initiated into music by his maternal grandfather, the renowned maestro Ustad Sarfaraz Husain Khan ( son of the legendary Padmabhushan Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan Saheb), music came to Nadeem with his first breath. He then started learning under the able guidance of his father Ustad Aftab Ahmed Khan and Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. He also receives guidance from his older cousin Ustad Rashid Khan and his maternal uncle Mushahid Hussain Khan.
Gifted with a deep, sonorous and mellifluous voice, Nadeem traverses the three octaves with ease and command. He is an exceptional exponent of Khayal Gayaki, one of the traditional forms of Hindustani Classical music. Nadeem has a superlative command on other forms of north Indian music such as Tarana, Thumri, Bhajan, Ghazal and Sufi.
Nadeem was a child virtuoso and gave his first professional performance at the age of 13 at the Ustad Inayat Husain Khan Yaadgaar Sabha in New Delhi. He has since then, performed in many of professional performances all over the country such as Kal Ke Kalakaar Sangeet Sammelan, Mumbai and Jhansi Mahotsav, Jhansi. Nadeem also regularly accompanies his uncle Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb as well as his older brother Ustad Rashid Khan in their professional performances. Nadeem has participated in and won innumerable music competitions at the zonal and national levels and regularly and performs in many music festivals all over India. In year 2006 accompanying his father, he visited Mauritius through the Indian Council of Cultural Relations to promote Indian Culture in foreign shores through Hindustani music. Recently in January 2013 he visited Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for his chain of concerts for Indian Classical and Fusion performances.
Nadeem has completed his Masters degree in Hindustani music (vocal) from the Faculty of Music, Delhi University and is currently pursuing his M.Phil in the same. Nadeem also is an exceptionally talented teacher and has been training scores of students in Delhi, Mumbai, New York, Chicago etc. over the years. He is also associated with many of the private institutions of Music training in Delhi and NCR and, taking workshops at regular intervals. Along with this, he is also an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations since year 2010.
His legendary uncle, Padma Bhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb says that Nadeem is the future torchbearer of the Rampur Sehaswan Gharana and his beautiful voice epitomizes the emotional and technical genius of this legendary family. Nadeem’s voice truly is a blessing from Saraswati herself.
He completed his debut fusion album with an eminent flautist from London, Katrina fountain, named- Aghaaz- the beginning, which has been released digitally, over the internet, worldwide. Nadeem also has started his Sufi Rock Band AAYAT which is gaining popularity among the masses.
Nadeem has been awarded with the ‘Swar Mani’ title from the Sur Singaar Sangeet Samiti, Mumbai, India.
Dr. Gopal Marathe is an accomplished musician living in Southern California. Originally from a small town called Muddebihal in Karnatak, he has been in United States since 1972. Back home he was an All India Radio artist in Bangalore and Dharwar stations in Sugam Sangeet. He is a multifaceted artist being a composer, singer, harmonium player and music teacher. As a composer he has composed music for many Bhajans, Gazals, dance dramas both in Kathak and Bharat Natyam styles and many full-length stage musicals. Among his major achievements is a cassette of Bhajans called “Swaranjali” he composed for Anuradha Paudwal. He was awarded a Platinum Disc for that work. He also performed along with Anuradha Paudwal on a National TV program “Arohi” that program was based on “Swaranajali”. As a singer he has given light music and gazal concerts all over United States as well as in India. He traveled all over Canada and US as singer accompanist with the legendary kathak dancer Sitara Devi and the Tabla wizard Zakir Hussain on her last tour of the US few years ago. As harmonium player he has accompanied many world class Hindustani classical singers such as Pandit Jasraj, Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Laxmi Shankar, Prabha Atre, Jitendra Abhisheki to name a few. He is an excellent music teacher. He has been teaching Hindustani music in Southern California since 1980. Presently he is also teaching a North Indian Music course in Cal Poly Pomona. He has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and worked for the prestigious City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte for over 20 years. Currently teaches Microbiology in Riverside community College in Riverside, California.