Nation bids adieu to Ustad Sabri Khan


sabri-khanUstad Sabri Khan, the famous Sarangi maestro passed away at New Delhi. Born on 21st May 1927 in Moradabad, he belonged to the Sainia gharana of Indian classical music. Ustad had a great musical lineage from both sides of his family. He was trained in Sarangi, by his grandfather and father. Ustan Laddan Khan, his uncle from Rampur too taught Sabri Khan the intricacies of the instrument.

Sarangi as an instrument  accompanied by vocal music. The name indicates  three colors or the three strings, playing whichcreates the melody. The Sainia gharana to which Ustad Sabri Khan belongs traces its descent to Mian Tansen, the famous singer in the Mughal court. The maestro is also credited for establishing his own style of ragas, tan and layakari  in renditions.

In a career expanding for more than half a century, Ustad Sabri Khan had a huge fan following both at home and abroad. He has also been awarded with the Sahitya Kala Parishad, National Sangeet Natak Academy Award and may more. He was also honored with Padma Shree in 1992 and Padma Bhushan in 2006. President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed his deep condolence in the demise of the maestro.