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Bismillah Khan


Certain musical instruments become indelibly associated with particular performers. Within the Hindustani world, the santoor is certainly closely connected with Shivkumar Sharma as well as the rudra vina with Zia Mohiuddin Khan, but historically, possibly the closest & most close association continues to be with Bismillah Khan as well as the shehnai. Delivered in 1916, he provides raised the position of 1 of India’s most distinctively voiced musical instruments unprecedentedly. In its folk type this double-reeded device can be used on a number of ritual events but is particularly associated with wedding ceremonies. Bismillah Khan provides recorded thoroughly and like many Indian traditional artists the majority of his early function premiered by EMI India or its abroad partners. His historical jugalbandi with Vilayat Khan was selected to inaugurate the Music of India series on EMI India’s mother or father firm in Britain. This series certified the task of masters such as for example Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan and Nikhil Banerjee. The debut discharge within the Music of India series, nevertheless, featured within the terminology from the record duettos on “Chaiti-Dhun” and “Bhairavee Thumree.” The 3rd within the series was another shehnai jugalbandi, this time around with violinist V.G. Run. It was an additional indication from the esteem where Bismillah Khan happened. Time has just reinforced that.

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Full Name Bismillah Khan
Died August 21, 2006, Varanasi, India
Profession Actor, Musician
Nationality Indian
Children Soma Ghosh, Nayyar Hussain, Zamin Hussain, Kazim Hussain, Nazim Hussain, Mehtab Hussain
Parents Mitthan Khan, Paigambar Khan
Siblings Shamshuddin
Awards Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Shri, List of Sangeet Natak Akademi fellows, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani Music - Instrumental (Shehnai)
Music Songs Dhun, Kajri, Dhun - Kaharwa, Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, Raag Shyam Kalyan, Chaiti - Dhun, Thumri in Raga Khamaj, Raag Gujri, Raag Lalit - Alaap & Gat In Teen Taal, Banarasi Dhun, Malkauns, Raag - Todi Teen Taal, Poorbi, Lover Pining, Kajari, Shehanoi Music Bit, Raag Todi, Raag Puriya Dhanashri - Teen Taal, Rag Gunkali, Kajri - Dadra Taal, Raag - Bhimpalasi Teen Taal, Raga Chandrakauns, Raag Durga, Raag - Brindabani Sarang Ek Taal, Raga Jaunpuri Taal Teentaal, Dangal Ki Kajari, Raga Bhairavi, Raga Mishra Mel Ki Malhar, Vaishnava Janato, Chaiti - Dhun In Raga Khamaj, Bhairavi, Dhun - Raghupati Raghave Raga Ram
Albums Shaadi Ki Shehnaiyan, Shehnai Samrat, The Soul Of Shahnai, Shehnai Legend, Duets, Shehnai - Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ras Barse, Ras Barse Again, A Rare Jugalbandi, Ru-Ba-Ru ( Vol.2), Live in London, Vol. 2, Ru-Ba-Ru ( Vol.1), The Magnificence Of Stereo, Bismillah - The Eternal Spirit, Shenai Nawaz, Sarang / Dadra / Chandra Kauns / Kajaree, Jugalbandi - Shehnai and Violin, Maestro's Choice - Bismillah Khan, Morning To Midnight Ragas Volume 3 Instrumental, Bismillah Khan - Various Ragas, Shaadi Ki Shehnaiyan, Volume 3, Instrumental India - Ustad Bismillah Khan, True Legends of India, Jugalbandi, Desi Todi / Madhuvanti, Selection-Classical Instrumental-Shehenai, Expressions - Romance Revival, Icons of Indian Classical Music: Ustad Bismillah Khan, Magistic Ragas Bismillah Khan, Majestic Ragas, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Raga Todi • Mishra Thumri, Shaan E Shehani Vol-3, Shehnai Nawaz - Ustad Bismillah Khan, Echoes Of Benaras Vol. 1, Basant Bahar, Volume 1, Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Jugalbandi Live In Concert - Ustad Bismillah Khan-Girija Devi, Vintage 78 RPM Records - Ustad Bismillah Khan, Lifestory Of A Legend Vol. 3, Shaan E Shehnai Vol-2, Ustad Bismillah Khan - Birthday Special, Bismillah - Bhoopali Todi, Bageshree, Great Jugalbandis, Lifestory Of A Legend, Vol. 4, Rare Ragas Vol. 3, Great Maestros---Ustad Bismillah Khan-Shehnai, Shehnai Recital, Swar Utsav - Live In Concert At India Gate, Saaz Shehnai - Volume 1, Jugalbandi - Ustad Vilayat Khan and Ustad Bismillah Khan
Movies Jalsaghar, Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival: M.S. Subbulakshmi & Bismillah Khan

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1 Bismillah Khan is probably world's most famous Shehnai player.

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Sanadhi Appanna 1977 musician
Goonj Uthi Shehnai 1959 musician: shehnai - as Ustad Bismillah Khan



Jalsaghar 1958 Musician



The Namesake 2006 performer: "Raag Mishra Mel Ki Malhar"



Sange Meel Se Mulaqat 1989 Documentary Himself (as Ustad Bismillah Khan)

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