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Google Doodle celebrates Ustad Bismillah Khan 102nd birthday

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Mar 21, 2018, 8:51 am IST
Updated Mar 21, 2018, 8:54 am IST
Bismillah was a renowned shehnai player.
Ustad Bismillah Khan (Photo: Google Doodle)
 Ustad Bismillah Khan (Photo: Google Doodle)

Today's Google Doodle marks the birth anniversary of renowned shehnai player Ustad Bismillah Khan.

Music was in his blood as it ran in his family. He was named Ustad (means master) to honour his music by people. The name Bismillah was given to him by his grandfather, which means 'in the name of God' in Arabic.

 

He picked up the music bug early and was playing for the public at 14. The breakthrough moment in his career was his performance at the All India Music Conference at Kolkata in the year 1937. From there he went on to play for audiences around the world including at the Edinburgh Music Festival in 1966 and Cannes Art Festival, France in 1969.

He even had the honour of playing the shehnai on the eve of Indian's independence in 1947. His music is still played at the annual Republic Day celebrations.

Bismillah's music was known throughout the world and he received many awards like the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

The illustrator of the doodle is reportedly Vijay Krish from Chennai.

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