Bhubaneswar: Renowned Sarangi Maestro and Classical Singer Ustad Sultan Khan, well known for popular hits like ‘Piya Basanti Re’ and ‘Albela Sajan’, passed away on Sunday afternoon due to kidney failure.
71 year old Ustad Sultan Khan, was on dialysis for past three months and passed away on his way to hospital, family sources said.
His funeral will be held in his hometown Jodhpur, on Monday afternoon.
Khan was born in a family of sarangi players in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He was initially tutored by his father, Ustad Gulab Khan. Later, he trained under Ustad Amir Khan, a classical vocalist of Indore Gharana (school).
Khan’s first performance was at the All India Conference when he was 11. Later he performed in many International programs in collaboration with Sitar Maestro Ravi Shankar.
After establishing himself as a sarangi player, Ustad Sultan Khan also worked with musicians from Bollywood such as Lata Mangeshkar, Khayyam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Apart from this he collaborated with musicians in the West including Ornette Coleman, George Harrison and Duran Duran.
For his outstanding contribution in the field of music he won the Sangeet Natya Academy Award twice. He was rewarded with Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor, in 2010.