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Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan died

Ustad Khan was known as one of the best-known players of the instrument after the legendary Bismillah Khan (1916-2006).

Mar 17, 2016 11:11 IST
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Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain KhanEminent Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan died on 16 March 2016 in Kolkata. He was 77.

Ustad Khan was known as one of the best-known players of the instrument after the legendary Bismillah Khan (1916-2006).

About Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan

• He hailed from a family of renowned shehnai exponents. His grandfather Wazir Ali Khan, father Ali Jan Khan and uncle Nazir Hussain Khan were also renowned shehnai specialists.

• In fact, Wazir Ali Khan was the first to demonstrate Indian classical music on shehnai at Buckingham Palace.

• He was famously known for his innovative style and mastery over the classical and semi-classical and folk music repertoire.

• He, along with sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, played Shehnai at the inauguration ceremony of Doordarshan in 1973. He also rendered its signature tune.

• He was a top-graded artiste of All India Radio (AIR) and taught in the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata.

• His concert tours have included countries like United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, France, etc.

• In 2010, he was felicitated with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Hindustani instrumental music.

• In 2012, he was felicitated with the Bangabhushan Award by the Government of West Bengal.

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