News|November 28, 2011 11:02 am

Music maestro Ustad Sultan Khan dies

Ustad Sultan Khan passed away yesterday afternoon here after prolonged illness, he was 71 year old awarded with Padma Bhushan award, hailed from a family of sarangi players in Jodhpur, was on dialysis for some time, finally expired yesterday on 27th of November 2011,

One of the Family source said,

His funeral will take place in Jodhpur tomorrow. Credited for reviving sarangi, Khan is famous for his extraordinary control over the instrument and his husky voice.

He was initially tutored by his father, Ustad Gulab Khan. Later, he trained under Ustad Amir Khan, a classical vocalist of Indore gharana (school).

Ustad Sultan Khan started performing at a the age of 11, and later collaborated at the international level with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, on George Harrison’s 1974 ‘Dark Horse World Tour’.

After establishing himself as sarangi player, Ustad Sultan Khan also worked with musicians from the Hindi film industry, such as Lata Mangeshkar, Khayyam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali apart from collaborating with musicians in the West.

Apart from Padma Bhushan, Khan won numerous musical awards including the ‘Sangeet Natya Academy Award’ twice, the ‘Gold Medalist Award’ of Maharashtra and the American Academy of ‘Artists Award’ in 1998.

Khan was also a members of the Indian fusion group Tabla Beat Science, with Zakir Hussain and American bassist Bill Laswell.

2011 has lost great India musicians and personalities, hope for no more bad news now.

Here are the two famous songs of Ustad Sultan Khan:

Piya Basanti Re:

Albela Sajan Aayao Ri:

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