Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan achieved compartment his final breath. He woke adult in a early hours of Thursday, had his morning tea during his chateau located inside Kolkata’s 200-year-old ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA), and began his riyaaz. The notes, however, were interrupted by bouts of breathlessness. He upheld divided before his grandson Bilal Khan could get him to a nearest hospital. Khan, a oldest behaving musician, who was awarded a Padma Bhushan in 2013 has died during a age of 107, withdrawal behind a abounding repertoire of compositions and bandishs, and a proclivity so unusual that it is expected to enthuse many generations of musicians.
“He was on a wheelchair for many years, and would always be fervent to know where we were going subsequent for a performance,” says Bilal. Khan’s physique will be flown to Rae Bareli on Friday and afterwards taken 30 km to his hometown Salon, where he will be buried according to his final wishes in a same closeness as his pir (guide saint).
Born on Aug 19, 1908, Khan traced his origin to Behram Khan of a Gwalior gharana and learnt a ropes of gamak, layakari and firat, and other signatures of a gharana. Umakant Gundecha, one half of a distinguished Gundecha brothers met Khan for a initial time in a early ’90s in Bhopal during a unison and was awed by a perfect strength of his voice. “Most musicians of his age would frequency learn and he was behaving with so most gusto. This kind of willpower was rare. we would accommodate him during festivals after and always listen earnestly to a accumulation of compositions he had created,” says Gundecha.
Khan’s was a character that was a sign of a stately days when gharanas confirmed a apart temperament and never came together in terms of styles, when artists combined song from a slight alleys of a exemplary systems and nonetheless constructed strange music, and when “fusion”, as a term, was nonetheless to be coined. He achieved what he had schooled from his father’s elder hermit Bade Yusuf Khan and a remarkable vocalist Chand Khan.
But a musician found most appreciation in a final decade for being means to perform all over a universe during festivals alongside artistes half, and even reduction than half, his age. His final unison was roughly a month ago in Hyderabad.
Khan was deliberate a improved clergyman than a musician. And if his roughly 1,500 compositions archived during SRA and by a BBC, communication created underneath his coop name Rasan Piya, and a friendship of his students is anything to go by, afterwards his grant to a universe of Hindustani exemplary song is unmistakable.