With a view to present classical music unto the masses of Delhi and neighbouring regions, the Sursagar Society was established in 1940 by Ustad Chand Khan (1899-1980) in the memory of his father Late Ustad Mamman Khan. Since then, the non-profit society has been organising regular gatherings at Mousiqui Manzil along with a three-day annual Anniversary (Urs) festival of Ustad Mamman Khan. After having gained popularity and received appreciation from various dailies, the society gradually spread its wings all over Delhi. Several festivals featuring quality artists were organised in various auditoria. In due course of time, the society got firmly rooted in Delhi’s cultural life. The artists participating used to be such great personalities as Lt. Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan, Lt. Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Lt. Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. Subsequently, the Kolkata chapter of Sursagar Society was founded by Ustad Chand Khan’s devoted disciples – Shri M N Das and A R Das. Some more disciples followed suit and started branches of Sursagar Society in various cities and small towns. With the demise of Ustad Chand Khan Sahib in 1980 and other senior members the responsibility came to the present Khalifa Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, who has ever since, been running the society with complete dedication and devotion.
Located in Old Delhi, just about 800 metres from Mousiqui Manzil, the Ameer Khusro Institute of Music offers various educational services to music aspirants. Running under the management of Sursagar Society of Delhi Gharana (Regd.), Ameer Khusro Institute of Delhi Gharana (AKADG) intends to achieve new heights in promoting Indian music. Several new future artists are being trained under the guidance of Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, the Khalifa of Delhi Gharana, who is a class-apart artist and carries a lineage of musical maestros like Sangeet Martand Ustad Chand Khan and Taan Samrat Ustad Naseer Ahmed Khan. This Trust is named after Hazrat Ameer Khusro (RA), a renowned and respected poet and musicologist from the 13th century, believed to be the founder of our unique tradition of Delhi Gharana.
At Ameer Khusro Institute of Music, we foster the ancient system of guru-shishya parampara, wherein the pupils spends his maximum time with the teacher so as to adapt the style of the Gharana, and develop his skills in accordance with those of the Guru, for after all, to learn is an art of observation, inference, and devotion. The Institute offers courses, both long-term and short-term for students of all age-groups, provided they are deserving and talented enough to represent the Gharana in the future.
Short for Delhi Gharana Productions, DG Productions is the production house for all kinds of music-related programmes that are curated for various live as well as digital events, organised by the Sursagar Society of Delhi Gharana. Currently we have three productions on plate, which are as grand as Broadway in its look and feel, and are successfully being performed all over India, by the students and senior members of the gharana– Rudaad-e-Shireen: A Celebration of Womanhood, Ghalib, Begam Umrao ki Nazar Se and Dastaan-e-Khusro Shireen. The DG Productions is accredited to having brought a new concept to the Organisation, which envisioned fusing the artistic treasury of Delhi Gharana with the Urdu art-form of Dastangoi, an oral art of story-telling to create a unique artform on lines similar as that of opera and musicals.