Rampur Sahaswan Khayal Gharana
names normally are place names: the names of the places where
the founders lived or came from. The Rampur-Sahaswan khayal
gharana, as it is quite apparent, gets its name from two places.
Rampur (in Uttar Pradesh) which was a major centre of North-Indian
classical music from the reign of its fifth nawab, Nawab Yusuf
Ali (1840-1868). This line of nawabs was of Afghan origin.
second, Sahaswan is a village in the Badayun district of the
same state in which most of the gharana's famous musicians,
including Ustad Rashid Khan, were born. It is near Rampur.