Yet more slipped facts
Slipped Disc reports "Sitar Maestro Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan" has died of Covid. As, of course, any cultural commentator whose musical horizons extend further than Mahler and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla knows, Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan played the sarod, not sitar. In fact, you don't even need to be familiar with Indian music to know he played the sarod. Because the usual YouTube clip lazily pasted into the Slipped Disc post actually identifies the maestro's instrument - see graphic above. As a certain Norman Lebrecht proclaimed in the Evening Standard in 2006, "...online blogs won't become required reading until they start focussing on the facts".
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