Classical music teacher Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan dies at 66

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Updated: December 17, 2020 19:55:51

Ustad Iqbal Ahmed belonged to the Delhi Gharana of classical music. (Express photo by Vikram Sharma)

Music master Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan died at 66 on Thursday 17 December 2020.

Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, took to Twitter to express his condolences. “Dilli Gharana’s khalifa, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, is gone. An unrivaled archive of Delhi’s rich musical history and a generous guru, will be missed by all. Condolences to his disciples and his family “.

Born in 1954, Iqbal Ahmed Khan grew up in the Dilli Gharana of music. He began his theater career at the age of four, under the guidance of his teacher and grandfather Ustad Chand Khan. Keeping pace with family traditions, Khan had actively promoted the musical works of Amir Khusro. He also founded Dilli Durbar, “solely aimed at the rebirth of Indian classical music”, which held its first classical music event in 2019.

Khan has won numerous awards for his musical prowess and contributions to Indian classical music. He was awarded the title of “Gaayan Acharya” by Sangeet Saiwalaya Bodhgaya (Bihar) in 1993, and “Sangeet Rattan” by Sur Sangeet Samity, Narela, Delhi, and “Sangeet Saurabh” by Sangeetaayan, Delhi in 1998.

The legendary musician was also the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani music.

Other musicians, ministers and fans also expressed pain.

Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar wrote: “Saddened by the sudden disappearance of Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan Sahib, Khalifa of #DelhiGharana Gayaki. An exceptional human being, he leaves a rich legacy in music. My deepest condolences to your family members and admirers. May his soul rest in peace. Hands folded. “

The legendary Indian classical sarod player expressed: “It is very sad to know of the death of Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, the well-known singer of Dilli Gharana. His legacy lives on through his music. May his soul rest in peace. “

Music composer and singer Vishal Dadlani recalled the time he met Khan and wrote: “Shocked and saddened by the disappearance of #UstadIqbalAhmedKhan Sahab, head of the Delhi Gharana. I had a brief interaction with him during # IndianIdol2020, and he seemed very kind and empathetic towards music and all musicians. I was hoping to go and meet him in person once the pandemic was over. “

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