KOLKATA: Renowned music maestro Ustad Rashid Khan, aged 55, breathed his last on Tuesday after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer. The revered artist passed away at a Kolkata hospital, where he was undergoing treatment. The deterioration of his condition followed a cerebral attack in December.
Ustad Rashid Khan, belonging to the prestigious Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, was the great-grandson of gharana founder Inayat Hussain Khan. Married to Soma Khan, he played a pivotal role in carrying forward the rich musical legacy of his lineage.
His early musical tutelage was under the guidance of his maternal grand-uncle, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan (1909-1993), adding a layer of familial tradition to his musical journey. Additionally, Ustad Rashid Khan was the nephew of the illustrious Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, further solidifying his connection to a lineage of musical virtuosos.
The news of Khan's critical condition emerged as he was admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU), where he was placed on ventilation and oxygen support. Medical professionals closely monitored his health, but unfortunately, his battle with cancer reached its somber conclusion.
Ustad Rashid Khan's contribution to classical music has left an indelible mark, earning him widespread acclaim and respect in the world of Indian classical music. His mastery over the art form, coupled with his adherence to tradition, made him a stalwart in the musical landscape.
As a torchbearer of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, Ustad Rashid Khan's legacy extends beyond his own remarkable career. His role in preserving and propagating the rich musical heritage passed down through generations further solidifies his significance in the world of classical music.
The loss of Ustad Rashid Khan is not just a moment of grief for the musical community but also marks the end of an era. His departure leaves a void that will be felt deeply by music enthusiasts, disciples, and fellow artists alike.
In memory of Ustad Rashid Khan, the echoes of his soulful renditions will continue to resonate, ensuring that his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of those who were touched by his extraordinary musical prowess.