Padma Bhushan awardee Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan passes away at 89

Padma Bhushan awardee Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan passes away at 89

On Sunday afternoon, Legendary Indian classical musician and Padma Vibhushan awardee Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan passed away at his residence. Khan’s daughter-in-law Namrata Gupta Khan told that the veteran breathed his last at 12.37 pm at his Bandra home.

Khan’s daughter-in-law Namrata Gupta Khan told reporters, “Today morning he was fine. We had a 24 hour nurse at home. During his massage he vomited and I ran immediately his eyes were shut and he was breathing slowly. I tried connecting to doctors and when they came he had already died.” (PTI)

The 89 year old musician was keeping well; hence his sudden death is a shock for the family. He was going to turn 90 on 3rd of March. In 2019, Khan suffered a brain stroke due to which his left side of the body was paralysed.

His daughter in law shared the news of his demise on her social media handle. She wrote, “With a very heavy heart, I inform you all that my father,-in law the pillar of our family and a legend of our nation, Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan sahab has left for his heavenly abode few mins ago.”

As soon the news of his demise got out, his collaborators from the music industry took to social media to pay tributes to the maestro. Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and music composer , also expressed their heartfelt condolences.

Lata Mangeshkar took to twitter and wrote, “I got to know the news of passing away of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb. I am deeply saddened. He was not only a very good singer but also a very good human being,”  She added that her niece had also learnt music from him.

Rahman remembered Khan as the “sweetest teacher”. “The sweetest teacher of all… May the Ghafoor-ur-Rahim give you a special place in the next world #UstadGhulamMustafa.”

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan also tweeted, “He was one of the most respected and versatile Vocalists of our country. My deepest condolences to his family. May his soul Rest In Peace,”

Later this evening, Khan’s last rites will be performed at Santacruze Kabrastan.

Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan was born in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh on 3rd March, 1931. He was the eldest among his 4 brothers and 3 sisters. His father, Ustad Waris Hussain Khan was the son of celebrated musician Ustad Murred Baksh, while his mother, Sabri Begum, was the daughter of Ustad Inayat Husain Khan, credited as the founder of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana of music.

Initially Khan got his basic classical music training from his father. But later on, he studied music under his cousin, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan. In the year 1991, he was awarded the Padma Shri and in 2006 he received Padma Bhushan, followed by Padma Vibhushan in 2018.  He was also awarded highest Indian recognition given to practicing artistes, the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in the year 2013.

The classical music industry has lost yet another jewel.

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