New Delhi: Widely-heralded sarangi maestro Ustad Sabri Khan, who was bestowed the Padma Bhushan, passed away on Monday night after a brief illness. He was 88. 
Kamal, Sabri Khan’s son, broke the news that his father breathed his last on Monday night. 
“He died last night. He had trouble breathing when we took him to a hospital in Saket where doctors pronounced him dead. My father had some breathing problems,” Kamal informed the reporters. 
The body of Sabri Khan will be buried on Thursday. 
In appreciation of his contribution to Indian classical music, Ustad Sabri Khan had received numerous honours and awards, including the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, UP Sangeet Natak Academy Award, National Sangeet Natak Academy Award and the prestigious Padma Shree (1992) and Padma Bhushan awards (2006). 
Here is a glimpse into Ustad Sabri Khan’s musical journey: 
  • Ustad Sabri Khan was born in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh to a family of distinguised musicians on both sides. 
  • The Sainia Gharana to which Khan belonged to traces the tradition of its music back to Mian Tansen. 
  • Khan has borne four sons—three of whom are established musicians. 
  • Khan toured extensively across the globe and has performed in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Japan, USSR, Russia, USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Mexico.
  • Ustad Khabri Khan was bestowed with numerous awards for establishing Classical Indian Music around the world.


  • Ustad Sabri Khan recorded his first album in 1991—The Family Tradition.


(With inputs from IANS) 

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