Ustad Bismillah Khan laid to rest
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Ustad Bismillah Khan laid to rest

More than 10,000 people participated in sehnai king's funeral procession. Pics

india Updated: Aug 21, 2006 23:30 IST

Sehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan, who died due to cardiac arrest, was buried at Fatman Graveyard on Monday evening with full state honours.

The jawans of the armed forces fired three rounds in the air before reversing their guns as a mark of respect to the 91-year-old Bharat Ratna awardee whose moral remains were laid to rest amid religious rituals as family members bid adieu to him with tearful eyes.

Earlier, Khan's body, wrapped in the tricolour, was put in a flower decorated CRPF truck at the Beniabagh Park at 1730 hours before the funeral procession left for the final journey. The procession took about 90 minutes to arrive at the graveyard at 1900 hours.

More than 10,000 people, comprising the family members, relatives and well wishers of the nonagenarian Sehnai player, participated in the funeral procession after offering funeral namaz at the Beniabagh park where the body was kept for the people to pay their last respects.

Earlier, Union Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni, Union Minister of State for Home Shri Prakash Jaiswal and Senior Congress leader Mohsina Kidwai laid wreath on the body of Khan on behalf of the UPA government and Congress President Sonia Gandhi and condoled his demise.

The Congress leaders also handed over a letter sent by the UPA chairperson to the family members of Khan in which Gandhi expressed her heartfelt condolence to the family. She has also committed to provide all support to the Khan's family members.

Khan died in the wee hours due to cardiac arrest hours after his medical and health conditions had shown improvement during treatment at the Heritage hospital.

He was hospitalised on August 17 last after his condition had deteriorated due to general weakness and age-related health problems.

First Published: Aug 21, 2006 04:24 IST