Born on 27 February 1956 in Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, Shri Mashkoor Ali Khan is a direct descendant of Abdul Kareem Khan and the legendary Abdul Wahid Khan - pioneer of the Kirana gharana. He received his training in Hindustani music under the tutelage of his father, Shakoor Ali Khan.
A vocalist and teacher of eminence, Shri Mashkoor Ali Khan has an erudite concept of ragas and keen understanding of the various ang of Kirana gayaki emphasizing on the numerous permutations of Khandmeru. As a Guru of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, he has nurtured many scholars under his guidance. He has performed widely within the country and abroad, and has a large number of recordings to his credit such as Garland of Ragas. For his outstanding work in the field of music, Shri Mashkoor Ali Khan is the recipient of several honours, including the Surmani (1977); the Abhinava Kala Samman (1993); the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award (1994); the Swaranjali Award (1997); the Sangeet Ratna Award (2002); the Ustad Niaz Ahmed Khan and Ustad Faiyaz Ahmed Khan Memorial Award (2004); and the Gandharva Award by the Hindustan Art and Music Society, Kolkata (2012).
Shri Mashkoor Ali Khan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Hindustani vocal music.