Google dedicates doodle to Bismillah Khan on his 102 anniversary

Doris Richards
March 21, 2018

His father was a court musician employed in the Dumrao palace by the Raja of Bhojpur. While he was born with the name Qamaruddin Khan his grandfather Rasool Baksh Khan gave him the name "Bismillah" and after that he came to be known by this name. The legend passed away on August 21, 2006, after a cardiac arrest, and was buried along with his shehnai in Varanasi.

At the age of six, he moved to Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi, where he received his formal training under his uncle, Ali Bux "Vilayatu", a shehnai player attached to Vishwanath Temple.

"Though he started playing in public at the age of 14, Khan's performance at the All India Music Conference in Kolkata in 1937 became a defining moment in his career".

Google on Wednesday honored renowned musician Bismillah Khan with a doodle on his 102nd birth anniversary. He is said to have often referred to his shehnai as his begum (wife).

India's announcement of independence from Red Fort in 1947 and the formation of the Indian constitution in 1950 was heralded by Khan's shehnai.

The most recent use of Ustad Bismillah Khan's shehai has been made in Bollywood blockbuster and Ranvir Kapoor-starrer "Rockstar".

Famous for his common man behaviour and simplicity, he was a recipient of all four highest civilian award, including the Bharat Ratna, awarded to only a few musicians. National Award winning director Goutam Ghose directed a documentary on his life titled Sang-e-Meel Se Mulaqat.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, instituted the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in 2007, in his honour, which is conferred to young artists in the field of music, theatre and dance.

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