Shaadi Ki Shehnaiyan Vol 3

Ustad Bismillah Khan


About this album

Shehnai is an old wind instrument associated with the temples of India. Shehnai creates a Mangal Dhwani, and auspicious sound, Ustad Bismillah Khan elevated Shehnai to the rank of a classical concert instrument. All the important events of an Indian life, a birth, a marriage, a religious festival, a social gathering, etc. are initiated with the sound of Shhnai. The tone of a Shehnai brings blessings in the atmosphere.

Shaadi (marriage) is an association of two beings for the lifetime. Two lives unite, two families come together. The happening requires blessings of both human and divine. The Samaaj Purush (people) present at the occasion deliver the human blessings and Shehnai invites the divine. Shehnai brings celebration to ceremony.

Ustad Bismillah Khan was born on 21 March 1916 in Dumaraon village in Bihar. From his father ustad Paigambar Baksh side they were the shehnai - players of banke bihari Mandir of Dumaraon and from his maternal grandfather's side they were the Shehnai-players of Kashi Vishwanath Mandir of Varanasi. His three maternal uncles Ustad Ali Baksh, Ustad Sadik Ali and Ustad Mian Vilatu slong with Ustad Mohammad Hussain, a vocalist from Delhi had been his Gurus. But he had deeper association with Ustad Ali Baksh.

Ustadji can play on his Shehnai, Aalaapi like Khayal-singing, Jhala like Sitar and Sarod, Tatkar like Kathak-dancers, Harqats like Sarangi and Violin, Continuity of tone like Been and also adds Sweetness of Bansuri to all this. Ustadji had cast his spell on the twentieth century and the Government of India has recognized his mission by awarding him 'Bharat Ratna' title at the beginning of the twenty-first century.


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