Mr. Khan was born on Nov 25, 1916 in Madras. He had migrated to Pakistan on Oct 17, 1947. On July 29, 1931 he had purchased a tape recorder to tape his mother’s voice. Since then he had taped the voices of Roshan Aara Begum, Ustad Amaanat Ali Khan, Faiz Ahmed Faiz (all works), Akhtarul Iman (all works), Hafeez Jullandheri, Maulvi Abdul Haq, Charagh Hasan Hasrat, Shahid Ahmed Dehlavi, Akhter Hussain Raipuri, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Rashid Ahmed Siddiqui, Zakir Hussain, Krishan Chander, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Maulana Abul Ala Maudodi, Bahaduryar Jung, Gandhi, Jawahir Lal Nehru, etc.
Mr Khan said he had ambitions to do much more but he had had to abandon a large number of projects. Be that as it may, he added, he had never complained to shortage of time. “If you know exactly what you want to do, and resolve to do it then God also helps you,” he said.
Dawn, Monday, 05 November 2001
Image and article provided by Riaz Ahmad Barni