Friday, August 25, 2006

Ustad Bismillah Khan: RIP

The wizard of the shehnai, Ud. Bismillah Khan passed away earlier this week, aged 90.

India in mourning over famed Shehnai player Bismillah Khan.

A tribute at Planet Bollywood.

BBC's page of reader/listener tributes.

I'd heard Ud. Bismillah Khan on a couple of occasions in Bombay. I think he performed once at St. Xavier's famous IMG Jan Fest as well. [Man, those were fun! Three evenings and nights of non-stop Indian classical with the top artistes of the country! And of course, any excuse to stay up all night is great for college students. I understand that with the new laws proscribing loudspeakers after 11:00 pm, the Jan Fest isn't quite the same thing ... :: sigh ::] Requiescat in Pace.

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