New Delhi: Sitar Maestro Pandit Debu Chaudhuri died of complications from COVID in a Delhi hospital on Saturday, his son Prateek Chaudhuri said. He was 85 years old.

Prateek announced the death of his father, officially known as Devbrata Chaudhuri, on his official Facebook page.

“My father, Sitar legend Pandit Debu Chaudhuri … is gone. He was admitted with Covid with complications from dementia and put into intensive care on a ventilator around midnight today. (1st May 2021) .. after which he suffered .. a heart attack and could not be revived… .. Despite all efforts and prayers, he could not be saved, ”Prateek wrote.

The musician is survived by his son Prateek, his daughter-in-law Runa and his grandchildren Rayana and Adhiraj.

An SOS message about his critical condition was posted on Twitter. Following the message from his supporters, Chaudhuri was admitted to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. He was then transferred to an intensive care unit, but his condition worsened.

The sitarist, considered among the greatest sitar players alongside Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ravi Shankar and Nikhil Banerjee, was from Jaipur’s Senia Gharana music, created by descendants of the Tansen family and known to work for preservation of the purity of ragas.

Chaudhuri had received the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri. He was also a teacher and writer, writing six books and composing many new ragas. Disciple of Mushtaq Ali Khan, he was born in 1935 in Mymensingh (now in Bangladesh). Like most of the big names in classical music in India, he began his training when he was young, just four years old.

The Indian classical music world has lost two of its big names to COVID-19 in less than a week. On April 25, Hindustani singer Pandit Rajan Mishra died of complications from COVID and seeking better health facilities at a Delhi hospital.

Mourning Chaudhuri’s death, musician Niladri Kumar sai: << Another sad news about the disappearance of sitar maestro pandit Debu Chaudhuri ji from Covid and its complications. May his legacy be perpetuated through his son and his disciples and we pray for the peaceful path of his soul. Om shanti. "

At around 4 p.m. on April 28, Chadhuri’s acquaintance Pavan Jha appealed for help on Twitter saying, “Urgent, call for help #Delhi. Padmabhushan sitarist Pandit Debu Chaudhuri (85 years old) ) is critical. He needs an oxygen cylinder with oxygen immediately. Oxygen fittings and concentrator at Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi. “

He later updated that Chaudhuri was on his way to GTBH following the efforts of bureaucrat Nirupama Kotru and actor Bhumi Pednekar who organized an ambulance for the sitarist.