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Indian tabla player Ustad Ahmed Jan Khan Thirakwa

Indian tabla player Ustad Ahmed Jan Khan Thirakwa was born in 1892 and died on 13 January 1976, in Lucknow. The maestro guru-shishya or lord and master-disciple construction of transferring acquaintance to followers of Hindustani musicology are not contained individually to the harmonious. It presents extra-musical theories and practices that also develop an indispensable component of the Hindustani harmony environment.

Indian tabla player Ustad Ahmed Jan Khan Thirakwa
Indian tabla player Ustad Ahmed Jan Khan Thirakwa

Having stated that, it is also correct that musicians occasionally publicly admit their boundaries, especially when they have entered the pinnacle of their occupations. It is unquestionably not demanded from a musician of the prominence of Ahmed Jan Thirakwa, he was one of the most renowned tabla players of all interval.

Hw was generally acknowledged as the predominant musician who performs a solo amongst tabla performers of the 20th century, and among the most usual prominent player of a tabla instrument, especially in an orchestra in the history of Indian classical harmony. He was acknowledged for his dominance of the finger methods and appreciative value of various tabla techniques, special proficiency, impressive frame occupancy, and eloquent musical talent or sensitivity. While he had power over the ancestral tabla repertory of different music gharanas, he was also identified by how he produced collectively these distinct arrangements, his the action of understanding something in new or different enlightenment of inherited techniques of improvising, and his own creations. His music performances were of the first to promote the creation of playing tabla aria to art in its individual freedom in the mass perception. His method of performing inspired many periods and generations of tabla performers. 

He began his vocal harmony education at a very early age under the guidance of Ustad Mithoo Khan. He also had remarkable sarangi instrument tutorings from his father Hussain Bux. Ahmed Jan was fascinated by the creativity of tabla playing when he discovered about Ustad Munir Khan. He took his beginning teachings from his uncles Sher Khan, Faiyaz Khan, and Bashwa Khan. At the age of 12, Thirakwa became a student of outstanding sarangi player Ustad Munir Khan. Since then, he put His fortitude to his practice. His Guru, Ustad Munir Khan, made him practice for approximately 16 hours a day with half-hour rests every now and then. He works very hard to become the best tabla player of all time.

Ustad Ahmed Jan Khan Thirakwa playing tabla
Ustad Ahmed Jan Khan Thirakwa playing tabla

There is an interesting story about how he got his name the “Thirakwa.” Thirakwa is not actually his real name but it was an endearment nickname he received from his guru’s father. The story is one day while watching him practice, Ahmed Jan Khan’s guru’s father mentioned that he played tabla so well his fingers appeared to be “shimmering” “Thirakwa” came from the term “thirakh”, on the tabla. This gained him the nickname Thirakwa (sparkling thunder).

At the age of 16, Thirakwa’s presented his debut performance in Bombay. Since then after he grew as one of the most bustling musicians in India. In the year 1936, he was designated as a quadrangle-musician of Rampur a City of Uttar Pradesh state in India. In his three decades of the ceremony, he performed with the greatest artists of his time.

In the year 1954 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Ustad Ahmed Jan Khan Thirakwa for being an amazing tabla player. In the year 1970, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan Award for his contribution to Arts.