a short music ban during the reign of Amir Sher Ali Khan, A handful
of musician were brought to Afghanistan from British India. The
selected few came to reclaim Afghan music which took root in
Afghanistan decades ago and the the fruits bared in India years
Muhammad Rahim Choocha was born in 1922 in Kharabat district of
Kabul Afghanistan. He began his music training at a young age of 8
under the tutelage of his grandfather Mohammad Akbar and later under
his father Khalifa Imamuddin studying the art of Tabla. By the age
of 10, Mohammad Rahim Choocha was officially accepted by the school
of Ustad Qasim Afghan, becoming the 7th string student of this great
studied Tabla, Harmonium and vocal and sang the classical songs of
his master at the schools performance events. An official of Radio
Kabul invited Mohammad Rahim to sing on national radio which was
broadcasted live in its entirety. His first recorded song was
Umrey khyal mastam was highly recieved by the public, that the
he was offered a fulltime position as an official singer of National
Radio. Mohammad Rahim known as Rahimbakhsh on the radio, walked from
his home in Kharabat to the radio station, perform his song and with
musical instrument on his back, walked back home only to repeat it
three more times daily.
In 1966 at the age of
44, Rahim Bakhsh earned the title of Ustad (master) of music from
the ministry of information and culture of Afghanistan. He also
earned 2 gold medals during music competitions held outside of
began teaching his style of music to a new generation musician.
Amongst his outstanding students were his sons Qasimbakhsh,
Salimbakhsh, Hamahang, Amirjon Sabori and many more.
Soon after civil war
broke in Afghanistan, Ustad Rahimbakhsh sought refuge across the
border in Pakistan. His last tour was in the United States where
every concert was sold out. Due to old age, Ustad Rahimbakhsh often
forgot lyrics to his greatest songs and his song would whisper them
to his ear.
died in 2002 at the age of 80.
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