Bismillah Khan -The Shehnai Maestro

Bismillah Khan -The Shehnai Maestro

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Author: Neeraja Poddar
Photographer: Avinash Pasricha
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 64
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129103516


Even at the age of eighty-seven, Ustad Bismillah Khan continues to woo his listeners with the melodious notes of the shehnai, an instrument that he almost single-handedly brought out from the purdah and firmly established on the international stage.

Ustadji's life is a perfect example of the rich, cultural heritage of India, one that effortlessly accepts that a devout Muslim like him can very naturally play the shehnai every morning at the Kashi Balaji temple. It also accepts when Ustadji-while openly flouting orthodox religious practices-plays the shehnai in the streets of Benaras on the occasion of Moharram. His reason? Something as beautiful as music is possibly the best channel of communication with God.

In this book, discover the life of one of India's greatest musical legends, with all his endearing qualities and quirks-be it his humility, fondness for his cup of tea, or his need for Benaras, the city that continues to inspire him.


Charitavali is a series of biographies dedicated to the legendary figures of India. The series presents the lives of great kings, freedom fighters, Political thinkers, social reformers, pioneers of industry, eminent scientists, philosophers, artists, musicians, dancers and film stares, writers and sport people.

These biographies have been written for the reader who is curious about the life, achievements and character of these legends. Full of fascinating stories and facts, written in any easy, story telling style, these biographies will make these great Indians and their times come alive for the reader.




Guru-Shishya Parampara

Religion and Spirituality

A Humble and Sensitive Artist

A Simple Man

Awards and Recognition


Forefathers of Ustad Bismillah Khan