One of the leading young performers of Hindustani vocal music, Khan is the great-grandson of Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan Saheb, founder of the Rampur Sahaswan Gharana. His studies with great-uncle Nissar Hussain Khan have allowed him to pick up on the intricacies of this fine musical lineage. His voice is powerful with a somber edge, sustaining for what seems like minutes as he weaves through various ragas in both serious and light classical settings. He has many fans, including singer/sitarist Vilayat Khan and singer Bhimsen Joshi, who has called Khan India's top young singer. Khan's first performance was at age eleven in 1977, but it was his interpretation of raga Yaman that established him in the early 1990s as one of the very best.