Song of Surrender

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Tabla maestro Hashmat Ali Khan passes away

By Shrinkhla Sahai

The senior-most artist of the Ajrada gharana of tabla, Hashmat Ali Khan passed away in Delhi at the age of 85 on 22 April, 2017. He had received his training in the intricacies of tabla from his grandfather, Mohd. Shafi Khan. He was later groomed in the art by Niazu Khan, a noted representative of the Ajrada gharana.

His greatest contribution to music was the way he upheld and enriched the repertoire of the Ajrada gharana, specially the laggi sections that carried his unique signature. He had numerous students across the world and was known to be a taskmaster, yet a magnanimous guru.

The mantle of his musical legacy now rests upon his son and disciple, the eminent musician Akram Khan, and his grandsons. 

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