Shujat Ali Khan is the grandson of legendary classical singer Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, son of leading contemporary classical singer Sharafat Ali Khan and nephew of Ustad Sahfqat Ali Khan, and has been singing since he was seven. Coming from Sham Chaurasi gharana (school of thoughts), which was founded in the 16th century by Mian Chand Khan and Mian Suraj Khan who were contemporaries of Mian Tansen at the court of Mughal Emperor Akbar, Shujat inherited the special talent for music. His grandfather Salamat Ali Khan and maternal grandfather, Nazakat Ali Khan were rated among the top classical singers.