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At 105, Abdul Rashid Khan becomes oldest person to get Padma Shri

New Delhi: At the age of 105, Hindustani vocalist Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan was today chosen for this year's Padma Shri award, achieving the distinction of being the oldest person to get a Padma award.

In 2011, India's first woman photo-journalist Homai Vyarawala was honoured with the Padma Vibushan at the age of 97. She died last year.

Images: Wikimedia Commons

Images: Wikimedia Commons

The repertoire of Khan, the vocalist from West Bengal, includes khayal, dhrupad, dhamar and thumri.

Currently confined to a wheelchair, Khan who has lost the ability to walk and whose hands have become gnarled with age, still manages to regale audiences with his powerful singing.

Also a poet, Khan has written around 2000 compositions under the pseudonym 'Rasan Piya'.

PTI