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  Ustad Rahimbakhsh
Ustad RahimBakhshAfter 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 later.

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 afghan master.

Mohammad Rahim 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 Afghanistan. Rahimbakhsh and his Gold Medals

Ustad Rahimbakhsh 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.

Ustad Rahimbasksh died in 2002 at the age of 80.

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