Born on 16 October 1935 in Sikar, Rajasthan, Shri Faiyaz Khan received his training in the
Tabla from Nazir Khan, Hidayat Khan, and Inam Ali Khan. He also learnt the Sarangi from
his brother Munir Khan, and received training in the Mridangam under Ramnad Ishwaran.
Acknowledged as an outstanding Tabla player, Shri Faiyaz Khan has performed in various prestigious music festivals in India and abroad. He has accompanied many of the greats of Hindustani music – vocalists and instrumentalists – including such names as Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Hafiz Ali Khan, Siddheswari Devi, Begum Akhtar, Pannalal Ghosh, Mallikarjun Mansur, and Ravi Shankar. There are many available recordings of his music. In the midst of many engagements as a professional musician, Shri Faiyaz Khan has found time to teach music at an advanced level both in India and the west. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Washington University, U.S.A., and the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands since 1992. He has been associated with Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Delhi as senior faculty over the same period.
For his lifelong work as a musician, Shri Faiyaz Khan has been honoured by institutions which include the Sahitya Kala Parishad of Delhi.
Shri Faiyaz Khan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to Hindustani instrumental music – Tabla.