India-born legendary sitar player Ustad Rais Khanpassed away in Pakistan on May 6, 2017. He was 77. He was reportedly diagnosed with an ailment and had been bedridden for quite some time. He breathed his last in Karachi.
He is survived by his wife, renowned singer Bilqees Khanum, and four sons. Ustad Rais was born in 1939 in Indore, India in a family of musicians. He belonged to the Mewati Gharana of Indian classical music. His maternal grandfather Inayat Ali Khan was also considered one of the finest sitar players in the subcontinent.
He learned music from his father Muhammad Khan. His uncle Vilayat Khan was also a legendary sitar player.
Rais Khan gave his first performance at the age of 5 in Bombay’s Sunder Bi Hall. The performance was attended by the governor and maharaja of India, who appreciated the his talent.