Wajid Ali Khan, of the Sajid-Wajid duo, passed away in Mumbai in the wee hours of the morning on June 1. He was 43.
Khan was hospitalised few days ago due to complications arising from a kidney infection.
Singer Sonu Nigam said Khan suffered a great deal in his last days. He was diabetic, had undergone a kidney transplant, and was on immunosuppresants, which is said to have led to an infection and multi-organ complications. “This Eid, when he didn’t reply to my greetings, I feared the worst,” says Mr. Nigam.
Khan came from a family of musicians. Sajid-Wajid’s father was respected tabla-player Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan, who was also one of the musicians for R. D. Burman.
Khan’s peers, professional associates and friends remember him for his sweet, ever-smiling face, twinkling eyes and tremendous warmth.
Composer Salim Merchant of the duo Salim-Sulaiman remembers meeting Khan in 2000-2001, when Sajid-Wajid wanted them to arrange and produce a song for them. “We were colleagues first and became good friends. Be it Eid, success parties or musical evenings, we were often together,” says Mr. Merchant.
According to Mr. Merchant, Khan was buried early on June 1 morning at the Versova kabrastan.