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Remembering Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, An Embodiment Of ‘Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb'

A titan has left us. India's oldest performing musician, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, is no more. He passed away at the unbelievable age of 107. Ustadji, a descendant of Tansen, was born in Salon village, Rae Baraeli district, Uttar Pradesh. He was born in 1908, in a world so removed from ours that it is difficult to imagine what it must have been like. A world of British rule, feudalism and most importantly, a world where the true syncretic spirit of India still thrived.