Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan dead at 107

The oldest performing musician of the country Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, a descendant of Tansen, passed away on Thursday, family members said. He was 107.

The Padma Bhushan awardee is survived by two sons, two daughters and a number of grandchildren.

Suffering from old age-related ailments, he fell sick in the morning and was rushed to a hospital where he breathed his last, family sources said.

A recipient of many honours, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, the eminent classical vocalist never stopped enthralling his fans even if it meant singing from a wheelchair on the stage.

Trained in the Gwalior gharana of Hindustani classical music, he was adept in Khayal, Dhrupad, Dhamar and Thumri. In 2013, he got the distinction of being the oldest person to receive a Padma award.

Also a poet, Khan has written around 2,000 compositions under the pseudonym ‘Rasan Piya.’ Born to Chhote Yusuf Khan, he represented the 16th generation of Miyan Tansen’s lineage.— PTI

The oldest performing musician was a descendant of Tansen

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