New Delhi. Delhi Gharana singer Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan died on Thursday. He was 66. One member gave this sad information to his family. Ustad Iqbal’s son-in-law Imran Khan said that he suffered a heart attack during prayer on Thursday, after which we took him to a hospital in Daryaganj nearby. He was declared dead there. The doctor said that he had a heart attack. On his death, singer and musician Vishal Dadlani has mourned the death of the singer on Twitter.
Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, the patron of the Delhi gharana, is known for his versatility in various styles of Indian classical music like ‘Thumri’, ‘Dadra’, ‘Bhajan’ and ‘Ghazals’.
Bollywood singer and musician Vishal Dadlani wrote on the micro-blogging site mourning the passing of Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, “I am shocked and saddened by the demise of Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan Sahab, the head of the Delhi Gharana.” I had a conversation with him during Indian Idol 2020 and he was very sympathetic about the music and all the musicians. I had hoped that after the epidemic was over, I would go and meet him.
Shocked & saddened by the demise of #UstadIqbalAhmedKhan Sahab, head of the Delhi Gharana. I had a brief interaction with him during # IndianIdol2020, & he seemed very kind and empathetic about music & all musicians. I’d hoped to go & meet him in person once the pandemic was over.
– VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) December 17, 2020
The khalifa of Dilli Gharana, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan is no more. An unmatched repository of Delhi’s rich musical history & a generous guru, he will be missed by all. Condolences to his disciples & family. pic.twitter.com/XY3RgIv9cu
– Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) December 17, 2020
At the same time, posting a picture of the artist, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote, ‘Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, the Khalifa of the Delhi Gharana is no more. You will be missed by him as a pioneer of Delhi’s rich music history and a liberal guru. Condolences to his disciples and family.
Expressing condolences, Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan also tweeted, ‘It is very sad to know about the demise of Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, a well-known singer of Delhi Gharana. His legacy will live on forever through his music. may his soul rest in peace.
Iqbal Ahmed Khan had earned many accolades including Priyadarshini Award (2001) and Rajiv Ratan Sadbhavana Samman (2003). His last rites were performed on Thursday evening in the ancestral graveyard of Delhi Gharana near Nizamuddin Dargah.