Music maestro Ustad Sultan Khan passed away.

Ustad Sultan KhanMumbai: Music maestro, Ustad Sultan Khan breathed his last today at the age of 71. The Sarangi player passed away after succumbing to kidney failure on Sunday afternoon.

Ustand Khan’s intense baritone made him much popular, even to those who did not listen to classical music. Be it his ‘Piya Basanti’ or his ‘Albela Sajan Ayo re’ from the movie ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, his voice never failed to pierce the hearts of listeners with ease.

A Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, the maestro popularized his favourite musical instrument, the ‘Sarangi’ all over the world, carving a niche for himself since the age of eleven.

He collaborated with legends such as Ravi Shankar on George Harrison’s 1974 ‘Dark Horse World Tour’ to make the kind of music, which was classical and popular at the same time.

Sultan has won numerous musical awards. He has won the Sangeet Natya Academy Award twice, as well as the Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra and the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998.

His funeral will take place in Jodhpur tomorrow. Not just the world of classical music, Ustad Khan also ruled the world of Hindi pop music.

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