Ustad Abdul Latif Khan comes from a traditional family of musicians
from Gwalior, birthplace of one of the leading gharanas of classical
Khyal style singing. From his childhood he was taught vocal music by his
grandfather Haidar Khan and his father, Chhote Khan. Later he also studied
various instruments such as Sitar, Santur and Tabla. His uncles, Uday Khan
and Haddu Khan also instructed him in music. Soon he was to discover his
love for the sarangi, which he mastered under the great Bade Ghulam Sabir
Khan. His specialty is a strictly vocal conception of playing, which is
no less expressive than the human voice.
Ustad Abdul Latif Khan has played at the most prestigious music festivals
all over India, both as a soloist and as an accompanist. In 1989 he performed
at the Sarangi Mela in his hometown Bhopal, an impressive get-together
of more than 120 sarangi-players.
Ustad Abdul Latif Khan is regarded as one of the leading sarangi-players
today. He is respected as a soloist and as a highly responsive accompanist.
Among the vocalists he accompanied are such masters as Bade Ghulam Ali
Khan, Amir Khan, Hirabai Barodekar, Nazakat & Salamat Ali Khan, Mallikarjun
Mansur and Kishori Amonkar. He has received numerous awards, among them
the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1992.