Monday, August 21, 2006

Ustad Bismillah Khan is no more

Ustad Bismillah Khan (March 21 1916- August 21 2006)

Sad news. Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan, son of Varanasi, is no more. Read the newsreport in rediff.

It is said that Jawaharlal Nehru had insisted that he play the shehnai in New Delhi on August 15 1947. There is still some confusion about whether he played in Delhi on that day and if he did play then where did the performance take place? Was it at the Red Fort? Was it at the Viceroy's Palace (today's Rashtrapati Bhavan)?

Falstaff's tribute to the Ustaad. (Thanks to Amit Varma's blog for informing me of this)
Wikipedia entry on the Ustad.
Raji Gopalan's tribute to the Ustad on his birthday in 2005 . (From the Hindu March 18 2005)
Home page of the Ustad at


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