Monday, August 21, 2006


Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan passed away

Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan has passed away in wee hours today due to cardiac arrest. He was 91 year old. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour in 2001. Ustad Bismillah khan was not well from past few days and was admitted to Heritage hospital in Varanasi. Indian government has declared one day national mourning. He was all time greatest musician of shehnai. His death is loss of not only India but whole of the world as his death is an iron blow to the music, to the art.

Ustad means both ‘teacher’ and ‘master’. He was the only one to be credited for the recognization of shehnai as classical musical instrument. He is the only one to come in mind when you talk about shehnai. His forefathers were court musicians in the princely state of Dumraon in Bihar. Bismilliah khan sahib came into fame in 1937 when he spell bounded everybody at all india music conference. Than on the eve of first republic day of India, he played raag kafi at red fort and won the heart of every Indian.

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