Eminent harmonium player and Padma Shri awardee Ustad Mahmood Dholpuri died in New Delhi on early morning on 25 May 2011. He was introduced to harmonium at an early age of 11 and went on to train with the masters of Dilli Gharana, including Ustad Nasir Ahmad Khan.
Dholpuri regularly accompanied the most prominent vocalists of India, namely Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Kishori Amonkar, Girija Devi and Pandit Jasraj.
Harmonium players are generally ignored however Ustad Dholpuri became a favourite with Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Begum Parveen Sultana, Pandit Jasraj, Girija Devi, Shubha Mudgal and even Kishori Amonkar. He was also the first harmonium artiste to be awarded Padma Shri.
Ustad Dholpuri was also a secularist to the core. He was born in a Muslim family, he however spent most of his time at the temple precincts in New Delhi.
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