Posted by Admin on February, 03, 2017
Ustad Bismilla Khan, as we all know is the other name of Shehanayi. His ancestors were the court musicians of the princely state of Bhojpur. At the age of 6 he migrated with his elders to Varanasi and settled there. His passion and talents in Shahanayi were amazing. Every morning he was going to Kashi Vishwanatha temple and used to play Shahanayi in the presence of the large devotees. He was invited by the PM Nehru to give his concert in first Independence day(Aug 15, 1947) and the first republic day( Jan 26, 1950). He gave his programs in every corner of the world.
Once he gave a awesome presentation in England in front of the Queen. She became so touched by his program. The Queen requested him to stay in London only. Ustad said- Madam, Am affiliated to Kashi. Will not leave the holy town. The Queen again compelled- Ustadji. Please stay in London. We will make all the arrangements. We are ready to create Kashi City here.
Ustad Bismilla Khan politely said-Your majesty. You have the ability to create the city of Kashi in England. I agree. But can you create River Ganga here?..Queen did not have the answer. Bharatha Rathna Bismilla Khan is the symbol of communal harmony and devotion towards music in India. A certain ICON for all of us who worship music.
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