Danish Hussain Badayuni was born in Budaun, Uttar Pradesh, where he has lived all his life and made a name for himself as a renowned singer of Qawwali. He is the grandson of the famed Classical singer Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan, and Rashid Khan is his cousin. Although the rest of his family have established themselves in Hindustani Classical Music, Danish Hussain realised early in his life that he wanted to sing Qawwali. He did not receive formal training in Classical music, but his singing style belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana of Hindustani music.
There are two kinds of Qawwali sung today – the traditional, devotional style and the modern, improvised Qawwali as popularized by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Although Danish Hussain frequently performs the latter and has even gained a lot of popularity, his heart lies in singing the traditional, devotional Qawwali in Sufi dargahs across India. He has even performed in many places across India and abroad for the Indian diaspora in Europe and the Middle East. He laments that younger generations are now less interested in the devotional Qawwali, and everyone is more inclined towards fusion and pop Qawwali.
He is very religious and deeply attached to Budaun, where he lives with his family and manages his group. He credits all his success to the blessings of Nizamuddin Auliya, the well-known Sufi saint born in Budaun and often visits and performs in the various dargahs in Badaun. He aims to popularize the traditional, authentic Qawwalis and continue the tradition of performing them at shrines.
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