Delhi’s fabled ‘House of Music’, and ‘warehouse’ to the members of the Dilli Gharana, Mousiqui Manzil has been both, our home and office for over 200 years. Situated at Suiwalan, Darya Ganj in Old Delhi, it was built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar Shah Sani, father of Bahadur Shah Zafar, about the same time that the famous Delhi tradition of ‘Phool Walon ki Sair’ was started. And surely it did not get its name from
a passing flight of fancy, for the owner Ustad Sangi Khan, a direct descendant of Miya Achpal Khan (the music head
in the court of Bahadur Shah Zafar) and great grandfather of the present Khalifa did establish it as ‘the destination of music’ in Delhi. Throughout the 19th and 20th century, the haveli was a stage and hub for most famous personalities of Indian Classical music, such as Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan Agrawale, Siddheswari Devi and Rahimuddin Khan Saheb Dagar while best-selling singers like KL Saigal, Begum Akhtar and Iqbal Bano studied and practised here under the guidance of Ustad Mamman Khan (Khalifa 1870- 1945) and Ustad Chand Khan (Khalifa 1945-1976).
Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan too has prepared, and continues to, many a gems in this house, like Kavita Seth, a Bollywood singer most popular for her song ‘Iktara’ in the Movie Wake up Sid and the music composer and music director Vishal Khurana, much known for his works in Neerja (2016), Haraamkhor(2015) and Well Done Abba (2009)