Ustad Rahim Bakhsh’s Albums
Rahim Bakhsh, commonly known as Ustad Rahim Bakhsh was an ustad (maestro) of Hindustani classical music and also of native Persian classical music culture from Afghanistan. He is also well renown and popular in a few neighboring countries. He was born in Kharabat into a well-known Tajik (Persian) family, a traditional part city of art in Kabul and was the creator of a new classical music in Afghanistan. With his work he represented the more than 4500 years old Tajik culture of central Asia. He was counted as leading authorities of classical music in Afghanistan. Like virtually all classical vocalists of Afghanistan, he belonged to the Patiala Gharana (gharana meaning a school or style of music) of Hindustani (see on Indo-Persian culture) classical music. The Ustad (pers.: master) died in 2002. His last wish was to have his grave beside his teacher Ustad Qasim. Ustad Rahim Bakh’s grave is situated in Kabul on a place called Showda where every Friday night Sufis are praying.
Muhammad Rahim was born in 1922 in Kharabat district of Kabul Afghanistan He began his music training at a young age of 8 under the tutelage of his grand father Mohammad Akbar and later under his father Khalifa Imamuddin studying the art of Tabla. By the age of 10, Mohammad Rahim was officially accepted by the school of Ustad Qasim Afghan, becoming the 7th string student of this great afghan master.
Mohammad Rahim studied Tabla, Harmonium and vocal and sang the classical songs of his master at the schools performance events. An official of Radio Kabul invited Mohammad Rahim to sing on national radio which was broadcasted live in its entirety. His first recorded song was Umrey khyal mastam was highly received by the public, that the he was offered a fulltime position as an official singer of National Radio. Mohammad Rahim known as Rahim bakhsh on the radio, walked from his home in Kharabat to the radio station, perform his song and with musical instrument on his back, walked back home only to repeat it three more times daily.