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Classical singer Ustad Hussain Baksh Gullo passes away in Lahore

By Our Correspondent
December 06, 2023

LAHORE: Veteran classical singer Ustad Hussain Baksh Gullo passed away in Lahore on Tuesday, leaving the music fraternity with incredible contributions and a timeless love for Eastern classical music.

He was 75 years old and is survived by two sons, Suraj and Chand, who are now taking the family legacy forward.

Gullo was a powerhouse of Eastern classical music with his roots going back to both Patiala and Sham Chaurasi gharana, just like his father, the impeccable Ustad Nathu Khan.

This still taken from a video released on June 16, 2021, shows Veteran classical singer Ustad Hussain Baksh Gullo singing a song. — YouTube/Ustad Hussain Baksh Gullo
This still taken from a video released on June 16, 2021, shows Veteran classical singer Ustad Hussain Baksh Gullo singing a song. — YouTube/Ustad Hussain Baksh Gullo

Gullo in particular was known for his command over Thumri and Kafi and his skill and determination were also rewarded with a Pride of Performance award by the government of Pakistan. Ustad Gullo performed all across the globe with several critically acclaimed albums under his belt. His music and his drive to push the boundaries of classical singing got him respect and veneration from classical music circles on both sides of the border, as well as upcoming singers who always look up to him for inspiration.

Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of Ustad Hussain Baksh Gullo. The Lahore Arts Council is set to host a solemn tribute session in memory of Gullo. This gathering will serve as a reflective platform to celebrate the remarkable artistry and indelible legacy of the late artist.

As a mark of profound respect for the late maestro, classes at Alhamra Academy of Performing Arts were cancelled on Tuesday. Expressing heartfelt grief over the departure of Ustad Hussain Bakhsh Gullo, Executive Director Alhamra, Tariq Mehmood Chaudhry shared that his enduring association with Alhamra Academy of Performing Arts became a beacon for numerous aspiring artists, enriching their musical journeys.

Alhamra remains steadfast in its commitment to perpetuating and advancing the extraordinary musical legacy left by Ustad Hussain Bakhsh.