I present to you, Sir, Sri Mohammad Dabir Khan ‘Dayal Singh’. Born in 1909 at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, Shri Dabir Khan belongs to a distinguished family of musicians, that traces its lineage to Tansen. Shri Dabir Khan received his training under his father Mohammad Nazir Khan and Hamed Ali Khan, the late Nawab of Rampur. Besides being an eminent player of the veena of the Senia gharana, Sri Dabir Khan is also an accomplished singer of dhrupad and dhamar. He is a reputed teacher, some of the leading instrumentalist of the country having been his disci- ples. He has been honoured by various societies and conferences. For his eminence in the field of music and his contribution to its enrichment, Shri Mohammad Dabir Khan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani Instrumental Music.