‘We tried our best but failed. He passed away at around 3:45 PM,’ an official of the private hospital where Khan was admitted said.
Speaking about Khan’s death, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, ‘This is a great loss for the entire country and the entire music fraternity. I am in a lot of pain as I still can’t believe that Rashid Khan is no more.’
The musician’s health took a turn for the worse, after experiencing a cerebral attack last month.
initially received treatment at Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital. However, at a subsequent stage, he opted to continue his treatment exclusively in Kolkata. According to sources, Khan was initially responding positively to the treatment.
Khan hailed from the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana. Born in Uttar Pradesh’s Badayun, Khan, who is also the nephew of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, received his initial training from his maternal grand-uncle Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan (1909–1993).
His musical talents were first recognized by his uncle who provided initial training in Mumbai.
At the age of eleven, Rashid Khan delivered his debut concert, and in the subsequent year, 1978, he graced the stage at an ITC concert in Delhi.
Following this, in April 1980, when Nissar Hussain Khan transitioned to the ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) in Calcutta, Rashid Khan, at the age of 14, also became a part of the academy.
Khan ventured into blending classical Hindustani music with lighter musical genres and engaged in experimental collaborations, including concerts with Western instrumentalist Louis Banks.
Additionally, he showcased his versatility by participating in jugalbandis, sharing the stage with sitarist Shahid Parvez and other musicians.
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