Ustad Rashid Khan spoke with Padma Bhushan to say Hindustani classical music will stay forever

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Ustad Khan, who was born in Baduan, Uttar Pradesh, is revered for classical Hindustani, especially the Rampur-Sahaswan style of singing which features moderately slow tempos, a full-throated voice and intricate rhythmic playing.

Ustad Rashid Khan says Hindustani classical music will stay forever.

Ustad Rashid Khan, who received the Padma Shri in 2006, was conferred with the

Padma Bhushan 15 years after receiving the first honor.

Speaking to India Today, he said whenever an honor is given to an artist, the artist feels happy, and so does he.

“Received the first honor in 2006, so now what more can I say. I feel honoured,” the musician said.

Ustad Khan, who was born in Baduan, Uttar Pradesh, is revered for classical Hindustani, especially the Rampur-Sahaswan style of singing which features moderately slow tempos, a full-throated voice and intricate rhythmic playing.

What caught everyone’s attention when the list of Padma award winners was announced was that alongside the name of Ustad Rashid Khan, Uttar Pradesh was mentioned as the state whose He his from.

“I was born in Uttar Pradesh but I have been in West Bengal for ages. My home is in Bengal. I sing Hindustani classical. I am from Hindustan and this Hindustan award too,” said said Rashid Khan. He also said that there will be multiple questions about the future of Hindustani Classic, but Hindustani Classic will remain forever. He added that whatever form of music arrives, Hindustani classical can never be replaced.

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