Celebrated music maestro Ustad Rashid Khan, undergoing treatment for prostate cancer in Kolkata, passed away at 55 while on a ventilator and receiving oxygen support.

An official from the hospital confirmed Khan's passing at around 3:45 PM, despite efforts to save him.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed deep sorrow over the loss, acknowledging it as a significant blow to the music community and the nation.

Khan's health deteriorated following a cerebral attack a month prior, leading him to shift treatment exclusively to Kolkata after initial care at Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital.

Ustad Rashid Khan's legacy encompasses not just his mastery of classical music but also his pioneering efforts in blending diverse musical styles, leaving an indelible mark on the world of music.

Hailing from Uttar Pradesh's Badayun, Rashid Khan received his foundational musical training from his maternal grand-uncle, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan.

Recognized for his musical talent at a young age, Khan began performing concerts, marking his debut at just eleven years old.

Throughout his illustrious career, Khan not only delved into classical Hindustani music but also experimented with fusion, collaborating with Western artists like Louis Banks.