Legendary Indian classical musician Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan is no more. He passed away today, and the heartbreaking news of his demise was made public by his daughter-in-law Namrata Gupta Khan. Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan had been a guru to many great singers and musicians such as Sonu Nigam, AR Rahman, Asha Bhosle, among others. Sharing Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan’s picture, his daughter-in-law Namrata wrote, “With a very heavy heart, I inform you all that my father,-in-law the pillar of our family and a legend of our nation, Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan sahab has left for his heavenly abode."
Lata Mangeshkar was among the first ones from the music fraternity to pay a tribute to Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. Sharing the late musician’s picture, Lata Mangeshkar wrote in her tweet, “Mujhe abhi abhi ye dukhad khabar mili hai ki mahan shastriya gayak Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb is duniya mein nahi rahe. Ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua. Wo gayak to acche the hee par insaaan bhi bahut acche the.'' In another tweet, she added, “Meri bhanji ne bhi Khan sahab se sangeet sikha hai, maine bhi unse thoda sangeet sikha tha. Unke jaane se sangeet ki bahut haani hui hai. Main unko vinamra shraddhanjali arpan karti hun.”
AR Rahman also mourned his demise and wrote, “The sweetest teacher of all ..May the Ghafoor-ur-Rahim give you a special place in the next world #UstadGhulamMustafa.”
A report in Times Of India states that his last rites will be performed at Santacruz (West) Kabrastan by 7.30- 8 pm.
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2006, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2018. He was also awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. His demise is a great loss to the music world.
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