NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — Renowned Hindustani Classical singer Ustad Rashid Khan bid farewell to the world on January 9, 2024, following a prolonged battle with prostate cancer. The 55-year-old music maestro, a prominent figure in the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, is survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter.

Ustad Rashid Khan was celebrated for his captivating performances of taraanas, jugalbandis, and his contributions to Bollywood tracks. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid tribute to the late singer and announced that his body would be placed at Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata for admirers to pay their respects. The final rites, accompanied by a gun salute and state honors, are scheduled for Wednesday.

In a statement, Mamata Banerjee expressed deep sorrow over the loss, highlighting Ustad Rashid Khan’s significant role in enriching the cultural world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mourned the passing of the legendary singer, acknowledging his unparalleled talent and dedication to music.

Ustad Rashid Khan, a recipient of the Padma Bhushan award, was the great-grandson of the founder of the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, Inayat Hussain Khan. Despite undergoing treatment at a Kolkata hospital, his health deteriorated after a cerebral attack last month, leading to his demise.

The maestro’s body will be kept at Peerless Hospital in Kolkata until 6 pm before being moved to Peace Haven for fans to pay their final respects. The final resting place for the revered artist is scheduled for January 10.

Ustad Rashid Khan’s illustrious career included prestigious awards such as the Padma Shri and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, recognizing his exceptional contribution to Indian classical music. Beyond his soulful renditions, Khan actively mentored and taught aspiring talents, leaving behind a rich legacy that continues to inspire generations in the realm of Hindustani classical music.