India-born legendary sitar player Ustad Rais Khan passed away in Pakistan on Saturday . 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, according to Tribune Pakistan.
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 uncle, Walayat Ali Khan and father Muhammad Khan. 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.
In 1968, he moved to Pakistan. He met Balqees Begum in 1979 and the following year they tied the knot.
Ustad Raees has composed famous songs like `Jab Tera Hukam Mila Tarkay Mohaabat Kar Di' and `Ab Kay Saal Poonam Main, `Neend Ankhoun Se Uri', `Mojoun Sahil Se Milo', `Main Khayal Hun Kisi Aur Ka', `Kabhi Kitaboun Main Phool Rakhna' and many others. Khan was honoured with Presidential award and Sitara-eImtiaz in 2005 and 2017, respectively.