Saturday, 11 May 2013
Ustad Bismillah Khan
Ustad Bismillah Khan was an Indian musician credited with popularising the shehnai. Khan is credited with elevating its status and bringing it to the concert stage. He was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 2001. His teacher and mentor was his uncle Ali Baksh 'Vilayatu', a renowned shehnai player. Bismillah Khan religiously practiced the shehnai and attained perfection in a very short time. His concert in All India Music Conference (1937) in Calcutta brought shehnai into limelight. Bismillah Khan had the rare honor of playing his shehnai on the eve of India's independence in the year 1947.since that year he has always played on 15th August right after the Prime Minister gave his speech.
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
He was an Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition. A member of the Kirana Gharana (school), he is known for the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music (bhajans and abhangs). He received the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, in 2008.