RIP: Veteran vocalist Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan passes away in Kolkata

Kolkata: Veteran Hindustani classical vocalist Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan passed away in Kolkata on Thursday due to old age problems, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. He was 107.

Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Born in a family of musicians of the Gwalior 'gharana', Rashid Khan received his initial training from his father Chhote Yusuf Khan and uncle Bade Yusuf Khan as also other elders from the family.

His traditional compositions have been recorded by reputed broadcasters and institutes like BBC, Iraq Radio and Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lucknow. Equally adept at khayal, thumri, dhrupad and dhamar, he was a regular performer in Akashvani and Doordarshan and reputed national and regional conferences.

Khan created several compositions and was also a prolific writer and poet under the pseudonym Rasan Piya.

In 2013, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, becoming the oldest person ever to be conferred a Padma award.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee was a resident guru at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in the city.

His last rites will performed in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

Banerjee condoled Khan's death saying it has left behind a "void in Hindustani classical music that cannot be filled".

"I am deeply saddened by his death. India has lost a great gem from the world of music," Banerjee said in a statement.

IANS


Updated Date: Feb 18, 2016 21:22 PM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See