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Vilayat Khan was passed away: Today In History
Vilayat Khan was born in 1928 in Gauripur (currently Bangladesh) in a musician family. He learned to play sitar with his maternal grandfather and maternal uncle after the early death of his father, noted sitar maestro Ustad Inayat Hussain, At the age of eight, his sitar recording was recorded for the first time. For more than five decades, he has scattered the magic of his sitar. Ustad Vyayat Khanna's last couple of worshipers remained attached to Sitar and his father Ustad Inayat Hussain was a well-known sitar maestro before Ustad Imdad Hussain. Both sons of Ustad Vilayat Khan, Shujaat Hussain Khan and Hidayat Khan and their brother Imrat Hussain Khan and nephew Rais Khan are also known sitar players.
- He was probably the first musician of India who went to England after India's independence and presented music. Vilayat used to spend eight months in a year abroad and New Jersey had become his second home. Vilayat Khan had developed his own style of singing in which the audience felt singing.
- In recognition of his work, President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed gave him the honor of Aftab-e-Sitar and he was the only sitarist to receive these honors. But Ustad Vilayat Khan had turned down the Padma Shri in 1964 and Padma Vibhushan in 1968 saying that the Indian government did not give due respect to his contribution to Hindustani classical music. He has two wives, two sons and two daughters in his family.
- He died on March 13, 2004. He had lung cancer, for which he was admitted to Jaslok Hospital for treatment. Most of his life was spent in Kolkata and his last rites were buried beside his father's grave.
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