The doyen of Indian classical music, the man who defined classical music for the common man, the most heard classical musician within India, gentleman extraordinaire, the poet of Benares, is no more!
No Indian wedding would have taken place in the last 40 years without his music. His shehnai was the first example of music I had…and the finest! For years the dulcet, yet joyful notes of Ustaad Saab’s shehnai defined classical music for me.
I had the pleasure of hearing him live in Benares (God bless BHU & Spic-Macay), and the experience was every bit as joyful as I had imagined. Each performance of his elicited a “Bismillah” from the lips of his audience.
His music is ever-lasting, and as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. I’m certain good music & literature can provide succour to today’s strife-torn world looking for connection & internal peace, and his music is a prime example of that.
I’m sure God realised that without Bismillah Khan’s shehnai heaven would lose out to earth.
Khuda Hafiz Ustaad Saab!
P.S. – Do read Falstaff’s Bidai to Ustaad saab.