Ustad Bismillah Khan, the Bharat Ratan laureate, was perhaps single-handedly responsible for making the shehnai a famous classical instrument. He brought the shehnai to the center stage of Indian music with his concert in the Calcutta All India Music Conference in 1937. He was credited with having almost monopoly over the instrument as he and the shehnai are almost synonyms.
Khan was one of the finest musicians in post-independent Indian classical music and one of the best examples of Hindu-Muslim unity in India. He played shehnai to audience across the world. He was known to be so devoted to his art form that he referred to shehnai as his begum (wife in Urdu) after his wife died. On his death, as an honour, his shehnai was buried with him. He was known for his vision of spreading peace and love through music.
In this book, 'Shahnai Vadak Ustad Bismillah Khan' by Murli Manohar Shrivastava, you shall know the little known facts about Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri — Ustad Bismillah Khan, that you shall not find anywhere else even on Wikipedia.
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