Renowned sitar player Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan died in Mumbai on Wednesday after a brief period of illness. He was 88 years old.
Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan belonged to the Indore gharana of music and was the founder of the style of music called ‘Jafferkhani Baaj’. He has been conferred with the Padmashri, Padma Bhushan and Sangeet Natak Akademi awards.
The son of renowned singer and musician Jaffer Khan, he started his musical career with the All India Radio in the early 1940s, said a family friend Neela Shinde, eminent danseuse and chairperson of the Sushila Rani Baburao Patel Trust.
He was born in 1929 in Jawra, Madhya Pradesh, and had a music career spanning over six decades. Khan played the sitar for various Bollywood films, including Mughal-E-Azam, Kohinoor, Goonj Uthi Shehnai and Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje, among many others.
Here is a video of one of is performances: