Bismillah khan biography, Family, career, achievements, legacy, and more

Ustad Bismillah Khan was honored with the prestigious Bharat Ratna award in 2001, becoming the third classical musician to receive this esteemed accolade. Through his expressive virtuosity and unparalleled skill, he emerged as a leading figure in the world of Hindustani classical music, leaving an indelible mark on the musical landscape.

Bismillah khan biography

Ustad Bismillah Khan’s name became synonymous with the enchanting woodwind instrument, the Shehnai. Born into a family of court musicians in Bihar, his musical journey began at a young age, nurtured by a rich heritage and lineage of musicians. However, his impact extended far beyond the boundaries of his homeland, captivating not only Asian music enthusiasts but also captivating millions of Westerners, who came to recognize and appreciate the extraordinary potential of the Shehnai, all thanks to the mesmerizing artistry of Bismillah Khan.

Bismillah khan Picture
Bismillah khan Picture

Personal Information

Real Name Bismillah Khan
Nickname AKA N/A
DOB (Date of Birth) March 21, 1914
Age (At the death time) Aged 90
Birthplace Dumraon, Shahabad district, Bihar and Orissa Province, British India
Zodiac sign Aries
Nationality Indian
Hometown Dumraon, Bihar
Religion Muslim

Education/Qualifications

School High School
College/  University Local University
Qualification Graduated

Physical Stats

Height

Feet & Inches 5′-9″
Meter N/A
Centimeters N/A
Weight 75 kg
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Body Measurements N/A

Family Information

Father Name Paigambar Khan
Mother Name Mithan Khan
Sibling Brother- Shamshuddin
Marital Status Married
Wife N/A
Children Sons- Nazim Hussain and Nayyar Hussain

Affairs

Girlfriend   N/A

Profession

Profession Musician, Actor
Net Worth $7 million.

Favorites

Color Black
Food Besan ka Ladoo , Aloo Parantha,
Actors/Actress Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan
Hobbies Reading
Destination Goa
Movie Saat Hindustani
Bismillah khan Young Age Picture
Bismillah khan Young Age Picture

Age

He was born in a Bihari Muslim family at the Bhirung Raut Ki Galim, Dumraon, Bihar on 21st March 1916. He died on 21 August 2006 (aged 90) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Family

Originally named Qamaruddin to maintain similarity with his elder brother Shamsuddin, the legendary musician Bismillah Khan’s name took a serendipitous turn thanks to a heartfelt moment. When his grandfather, Rasool Baksh Khan, caught a glimpse of the young child, he couldn’t help but utter the word “Bismillah” (meaning “in the name of Allah”) in awe of the baby’s presence. It was in that precious moment that destiny intervened, and Qamaruddin was forever christened as Bismillah Khan.

Wife & Daughter

His marital status is married, according to social media posts. Khan was survived by his five daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also adopted a daughter named Dr. Soma Ghosh.

Legacy

Ustad Bismillah Khan, a true legend in the realm of Indian classical music, played a pivotal role in popularizing the enchanting sounds of the shehnai. Recognizing his remarkable contributions, the Government of Bihar has proposed the establishment of a museum, a town hall-cum-library, and the installation of a life-size statue at his birthplace in Dumraon. This initiative aims to honor and preserve the invaluable legacy left behind by this musical maestro.

Death

On 21st August 2006, at the age of 90, Ustad Bismillah Khan breathed his last after suffering a cardiac arrest. He also performed the raga Kafi on the eve of the first Republic Day ritual on 26 January 1950 from the Red Fort.

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Career

Ustad Bismillah Khan, a true legend in the realm of Indian classical music, played a pivotal role in popularizing the enchanting sounds of the shehnai. Recognizing his remarkable contributions, the Government of Bihar has proposed the establishment of a museum, a town hall-cum-library, and the installation of a life-size statue at his birthplace in Dumraon. This initiative aims to honor and preserve the invaluable legacy left behind by this musical maestro.

Bismillah Khan’s artistic genius went beyond traditional boundaries, as he fearlessly explored new horizons in music. He not only mastered existing ranges and patterns but also ventured into uncharted territories, creating new ragas and innovative musical patterns that left an indelible impact on future generations of musicians. His creative prowess and experimental approach contributed to the evolution and enrichment of Indian classical music.

Awards List

  • Three medals in All India Music Conference, Calcutta (1937)
  • Tansen Award by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Tahar Mausique from Republic of Iran (1992)
  • T Choudayya National Award (1995), Government of Karnataka
  • Swathi Sangeetha Puraskaram (1998), Government of Kerala
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1956)
  • Padma Vibhushan (1980)
  • Padma Shri (1961)
  • Padma Bhushan (1968)
  • Fellow of Sangeet Natak Academy (1994)

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