Classical Music

Ustad Akeel Ahmad Khan-veteran classical singer struggles for existence

Ustad Akeel Ahmad Khan, one of the last exponents of the Agra Gharana of Hindustani classical music, struggles t survive. For years, he kept the tradition of his gharana alive in the Taj city. But nothing in his glorious past can dispel the mood of gloom at the shoddy treatment meted out to him by government agencies. Even the meagre pension of Rs.2,000 he used to get from the culture ministry has been held up after 2008 due to bureaucratic wrangles, he says.