Senior Heroes – Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan
The grand old man from the Gwalior Gharana, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan is 105 years old and still composing, writing poetry and performing on the big stage. Born in August 1908, in Salon qasba, about 24 kms from Rae Bareli district, he started training under his dad Chhote Yusuf Khan from the age of 8. According to Chhote Yusuf Khan, they are direct descendents of the legendary Tansen from Akbar’s court.
Today the doyen has over 2500 compositions to his credit. He is also a prolific writer and poet using “Rasan Piya” as his pseudonym.
When asked about the secret of his longevity and his amazing energy levels, he says “I frankly don’t know how this miracle works. Only God knows where I find this energy”.
The oldest living classical artiste – and the oldest Padma Awardee, this wizard vocalist continues to enthrall lakhs of his followers in India and around the world!