Sultan Khan death a great loss:Amjad Ali Khan

New Delhi: Eminent Sarod player Amjad Ali Khan on Sunday deeply condoled the death of Sarangi maestro and classical singer Ustad Sultan Khan, saying it was a great loss to the music world.

"I am deeply saddened at his demise. It is a great loss to the music world…. He gave a different meaning and different dimension to Sarangi," Amjad Ali Khan said.

Sultan Khan, the soulful voice behind hits like `Piya basanti` and `Albela sajan aayo re`, died Sundayafternoon in Mumbai after prolonged illness.

Paying rich tribute to the departed soul, Amjad Ali Khan said he and his two sons – Amaan and Ayaan – had planned to perform in Jodhpur in January at the invitation of Sultan Khan. "He wanted us to go to Jodhpur to perform. He had planned to honour us also…. We will still go there as per plan and pay homage to him," he said.

The 71-year-old Padma Bhushan awardee, who hailed from a family of Sarangi players in Jodhpur, was on dialysis for some time, family sources said.

Highlighting the achievements of the great musician, Amjad Ali Khan said Sultan Khan was honoured with Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan award in 2001 for his contribution to Indian classical music. Amjad Ali Khan is the younger son of the late Hafiz Ali Khan.