Ajrada gharana is also one of the initial off shoots of the Delhi gharana and grew in strength following the migration of tabla to Lucknow (1700 - 1750 which was around the time Farukhabad gharana was founded). Actually, a senior student of the Delhi gharana, Kallu Khan was the one who brought tabla to that area which is why the Ajrada gharana is known as the "shagira" (disciple school) of Delhi. Ajrada is named after a small village in the Meerut district of Utter Pradesh very near Delhi.
Within the Ajrada gharana there is prominent use of the bayan (rubbing of the shyhi) and its focus on tisra jati (groups of 3). This school also evolved long kaida compositions which often include an additional second line, added onto the original Delhi based composition. Interestingly, the Ajrada Gharana is linked to a few Sarangi lineages from in and around Delhi. This also helped to influence its style and tone.
PROMINENT EXPONENTS OF THE AJRADA GHARANA:
Sudhir Kumar Saxena
Abdul Karim Khan
Ghulam Sarwar Sabri