Born on 18 February 1927 in Jaora, Madhya Pradesh, Shri Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan received his
training in Hindustani music from his father Ustad Jaffer Khan of the Bande Ali gharana of Indore.
He started performing on the concert stage at an early age. He is a recipient of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India's Fellowship to work on the history of the Sitar. Apart from performance, Shri Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan has researched in sitar technique, and established the Halim Academy of Sitar in 1976 in Mumbai to impart systematic training to younger musicians.
He has conducted many seminars and workshops on music in India and abroad. He has published a book titled Jafferkhani Baaj – An Innovation in Sitar Music, and is also a broadcaster of long standing. He has received many awards and titles including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), the ITC Award of the Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata (2000), and the Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India (2006).
Shri Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian music.