Tabla player Shankar Ghosh in coma

Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Legendary tabla player Shankar Ghosh has slipped into coma, his family members said on Wednesday.

He is under treatment at a private hospital following heart complications. On Monday, his condition deteriorated further. He was under constant observation in the ICU.

“He is in coma,” his son Bickram Ghosh, a noted percussionist, told IANS.

The 80-year-old exponent of the Farrukhabad gharana of Hindustani classical music underwent an angioplasty at the hospital, where he was admitted two days ago.

A recipient of the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1999-2000, Ghosh has taken forward the concept of tabla ensembles — large number of tabla players showcasing their talent together.

He has toured a number of countries to play solo or with celebrated classical musicians like sitarists Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan and violinist Pandit V.G. Jog and earned rave reviews.

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