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Ustad Vilayat Khansaheb

Aftab-E-Sitar, the great Ustad Vilayat Khansaheb passed away at 11:25pm on Saturday evening in Mumbai where he was being treated for lung cancer over the last two weeks. Members of his immediate and extended family, along with friends and well-wishers were all by his side during the final days of his struggle. The body was taken to Kolkata yesterday where he will be buried beside his father, Ustad Inayat Khansaheb. The government of West Bengal is treating him as a “national treasure” and is coordinating efforts to allow for a public viewing at Rabindra Sadan prior to the burial.

As music lovers and connoisseurs I hope you will all find a moment to send a prayer to the memory of Khansaheb and take the opportunity to listen to the genius of his art in the coming days. I have an appointment with Raag Darbari Kannada at midnight.

Best wishes,
Sanjoy (biz)