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By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: December 17, 2020 7:55:51 pm

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

Music maestro Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan handed away at 66 on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

Manish Sisodia, deputy chief minister of Delhi, took to Twitter to specific condolences. “The khalifa of Dilli Gharana, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan is no more. An unmatched repository of Delhi’s rich musical history & a generous guru, he will be missed by all. Condolences to his disciples & family.”

Born in 1954, Iqbal Ahmed Khan was raised within the Dilli Gharana of music. He started his stage profession on the age of 4, below the steering of his instructor and grandfather Ustad Chand Khan. Keeping up with the household traditions, Khan had actively promoted Amir Khusro’s musical works. He additionally based Dilli Durbar, “aimed solely towards the renaissance of Indian Classical Music”, which held its first classical occasion in 2019.

Khan gained a number of accolades for his musical prowess and contributions to Indian classical music. He was bestowed 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 additionally a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani Music.

Other musicians, ministers and followers additionally expressed grief.

Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar wrote, “Saddened by the sudden passing away of Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan Sahib, Khalifa of the #DelhiGharana Gayaki. An exceptional human being, he leaves behind a rich legacy in music. My heartfelt condolences to the members of his family and admirers. May his soul rest in peaceFolded hands.”

Legendary Indian classical sarod participant expressed, “Very sad to know about the passing away of Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, the well-known vocalist 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 & saddened by the demise of #UstadIqbalAhmedKhan Sahab, head of the Delhi Gharana. I had a quick interplay with him throughout #IndianIdol2020, & he appeared very type and empathetic about music & all musicians. I’d hoped to go & meet him in particular person as soon as the pandemic was over.”

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