Abdul Rashid Khan

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Abdul Rashid Khan
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Abdul Rashid Khan
Background information
Also known as Rasan Piya
Born (1908-08-19)19 August 1908
Origin Uttar Pradesh, India
Died 18 February 2016(2016-02-18) (aged 107)
Genres Hindustani classical music
Occupation(s) Singer, resident guru at ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata
Years active 1973–2013

Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan (19 August 1908 – 18 February 2016) was an Indian vocalist of Hindustani music.[1][2] Apart from khayal, he performed dhrupad, dhamar and thumri.

Early life[edit]

Khan Sahab was born in a family of musicians tracing back to Behram Khan, who was a singer of traditional Gwalior gharana gayaki. His father's elder brother Bade Yusuf Khan and his father initially trained him. His father Chhote Yusuf Khan was his guru.[3] This was followed with extensive taleem from his family elders, like Chand Khan, Barkhudar Khan, Mahtab Khan who had imbibed the Gwalior Gayaki. He further developed this style suiting his own artistic sensitivity.


Khan's traditional compositions have been recorded by the BBC and Iraq Radio. Organizations like Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academi, Lucknow and ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata have recorded and preserved many compositions. During the past several decades, he has been a regular performer on Akashvani and Doordarshan Lucknow. Khan has participated in many national and regional conferences like Sadarang Conference, Godrej Conference, Lucknow Mahotsav, Dover Lance Conference, ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Prayag Sangeet Samiti Sangeet Sammelan all over India and has been felicited by Critics, fellow artists and many reputed recognized institutions like Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy, (1981), Banaras Hindu University (1993), Eastern Zone cultural center and Press club Kolkata.

Khan composed several compositions and was also a prolific writer and poet under the pseudonym "Rasan Piya". Many compositions (bandish) that he sang were his own creations. He trained numerous students in his lifetime and became regarded as a "guru" at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata.


Khan died on 18 February 2016 at the age of 107.[4]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • ITC award (1994)[5]
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2009) [6]
  • Kashi Swar Ganga Award (2003)
  • Ras Sagar (title) Award (2004)
  • Bhuwalka Award (2010)[5]
  • Padma Bhushan (2013) - the oldest person ever to be conferred a Padma award.[7]
  • Lifetime achievement award (2013) by Government of NCT of Delhi.

He was a member of the All India Radio Audition Committee, New Delhi and was awarded with many titles by reputed organizations.


  1. ^ "The tapestry of tradition : YOUR WEEK News". India Today. 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  2. ^ Jaskiran Kapoor (2010). "The centennial man". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Ragas For Late Winter". Outlook. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan’s Tragic Demise. "Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan's Tragic Demise – IBTN9". Ibtn9.com. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  5. ^ a b "Bhuwalka Award 2010". ITC Sangeet Research Academy. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Official website. Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. 
  7. ^ "At 105, Abdul Rashid Khan becomes oldest person to get Padma Shri". First Post. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 

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