Sunday, August 20, 2006

Ustad Bismillah Khan passes away

Ustad Bismillah Khan passes away

Veteran Shehnai Maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan passes away due to a cardiac arrest on the wee hours of Monday. He was about ninety and survived by five sons and three daughters. He was aptly awarded as 'Bharat Ratna' after Pt. Ravishankar and MS Subbulakshmi, the most highest civilian honour in the country for his contributions to music.

The other awards that he has won are Sangeet Natak Academy award, Tansen Award and Padma Vibhushan. His childhood days were at Varanasi Kashi Viswanath temple where his uncle was Shehnai player.

India misses a great musician of honor with the demise of Ustad Bismillah Khan. Let us spend a couple of minutes to pray the Lord Almighty to bless his soul to rest in peace.

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