Ustad Vilayat Khan (born: 1928), the sitar maestro, passed away at 23.25 hours on March 13, 2004, at the Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai after a brief illness. He is survived by his widow, Begum Zubeida, sons, Shujaat Khan and Hidayat Khan, and daughters, Yaman and Zilla. He is mourned by his family, and disciples of his gharana (stylistic lineage), along with three, perhaps four, generations of music lovers.
Hailed as an Ustad at the age of 17 at the Vikramaditya Music Conference in 1944, Vilayat Khan breathed his last in his 76th year. By this time, he had performed in every part of the world, made over a hundred commercial recordings, composed music for three feature films, rejected a string of official honours and titles, and become the predominant stylistic model for younger sitarists.
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