Ekushey Padak-winning musician Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan died of coronavirus on Saturday. He was 62.
He breathed his last at 08:00pm while undergoing treatment at Crescent Hospital in the capital, said his nephew Firoz Khan, a sitar player.He survived by his wife and two daughters, as well as numerous students and fans.
Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan was a musician of the country. He was the only son of Ustad Abed Hossain Khan. He was the grandson of Ustad Ayet Ali Khan (the youngest brother of Ustad Alauddin Khan), and nephew of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and Ustad Bahadur Khan.
Shahadat was born in Comilla in 1958. He was attracted to music, his family tradition, from his early boyhood. At the age of seven, he started taking lessons on Sarod from his father. Later on, he became the disciple of his uncle Ustad Bahadur Khan, the celebrated Sarod player of the sub-continent. In 1972, Shahadat performed an instrumental duet with his uncle Ustad Bahadur Khan at the ‘Alauddin Music Conference’ in Dhaka, which was highly lauded by the audience. In 1974, Shahadat was honoured with a State Award for his musical performance.
In 1980, he accompanied a Bangladesh cultural delegation to the Middle East. His excellent performance enthralled the audience and earned great fame for his country. Later, Shahadat accompanied Bangladesh cultural delegations to USA, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Italy, India, North Korea, China,Hong Kong, Russia, Sweden, and Denmark.
In 1994, he received the highest State Award of Bangladesh, the 'Ekushey Padak' for his contribution in the field of music.