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For other collections we curate and more information, please visit the Bharat Ek Khoj page. Jai Gyan! Uploaded by Public Resource on August 7, Internet Archive's Bismillah Khan - The Shehnai (CD Anniversary Logo. Search icon An illustration of a magnifying glass. User icon An illustration of a person's head and chest. On the percussion side, the shehnai is traditionally accompanied by a nakkara, a north Indian instrument.
In modern times, it is accompanied by the tabla, Generally, a leading shehnai player will sit for a recital accompanied by two or three other shehnai players.
With his artistic virtuosity, Bismillah Khan brought the instrument out of the confines of wedding music and elevated it to the global stage as a concert instrument.
Ustad Bismillah Khan was born on 21 March, in a family whose ancestors were court musicians of the princely state of Dumrao in Bihar. He was given training by his uncle Ali Bux, a well-known Shehnai player at the Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. An extremely promising shishya student of the Shehnai, the young Bismillah mastered a variety of forms of classical music such as the thumri, chaiti and kajri Later, he also incorporated the khayal gayaki in his instrument and style of playing.
Ustad Bismillah Khan brought rare vibrancy and resplendence to Indian classical music. He had further enriched the heritage of Indian music. The legend had been honoured with numerous awards and honours, which include the national awards Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and the Bharat Ratna - the highest civilian honour of the country.
His honorary doctorate from the Benares Hindu University and Shantiniketan bespeaks of his fame. Each of these musical greats has done more than just create sublime music. They have created history with every stroke on their instrument, with every chord in their voice. Kajri Ustad Bismillah Khan. Todi Ustad Bismillah Khan.
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