Advertisement
Monday, Nov 29, 2021
Outlook.com
Music

Bismillah Khan

No wedding in India, or any auspicious occasion, is complete without his mellifluous, rich music.

Bismillah Khan
Bismillah Khan
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

No wedding in India, or any auspicious occasion, is complete without his mellifluous, rich music. Ustad Bismillah Khan Sahib lifted the shehnai, a unique Indian instrument, from the dancing parlours to its rightful place in Indian music history—trulyba assar (immaculate). He played for the film Goonj Uthi Shehnai which popularised the instrument like never before. From his debut at the age of 14 in Benaras, where he grew up and now resides in his unpretentious abode 'Sarai Hara', he went on to play the first tunes for Independent India in 1947. It was Bharat Ratna Khan sahib who poured his heart out into Raga Kafi from Red Fort on the eve of India's first Republic Day ceremony. He trained under his uncle, the late Ali Bux Vilayatu, a shehnai player attached to the Kashi Vishwanath temple. A simple man untouched by fame, Khan sahib feels he's still standing on the shores of the ocean of music. His namaaz is the seven shuddh and five komal swars —"music, sur, namaaz—it's all the same," he says. A devout Shia, Khan sahib's also a devotee of goddess Saraswati.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Omicron In India: Five Steps To Stop Outbreak Of New Covid-19 Variant

Omicron In India: Five Steps To Stop Outbreak Of New Covid-19 Variant

Cases of Omicron, the latest variant of Covid-19, have not yet been reported in India.

Omicron Shows Why Countries Need To Start Sharing Their Vaccines

Omicron Shows Why Countries Need To Start Sharing Their Vaccines

'Despite the repeated warnings of health leaders, our failure to put vaccines into the arms of people in the developing world is now coming back to haunt us', wrote former British PM Gordon Brown.

IND Vs NZ, 1st Test, Live: NZ Suffer Blow, India Sniff A Chance At Tea

IND Vs NZ, 1st Test, Live: NZ Suffer Blow, India Sniff A Chance At Tea

Day 5 of the first India vs New Zealand Test is tantalisingly poised. India need nine wickets and New Zealand 280 runs. Follow here live cricket scores and updates of IND vs NZ.

Omicron In India: How New Covid-19 Variant Is Impacting Travel Across States

Omicron In India: How New Covid-19 Variant Is Impacting Travel Across States

India has issued fresh travel restrictions for international travellers coming from 'at risk' nations in the wake of the Omicron outbreak across several countries in the world.

Advertisement