Ustad Bismillah Khan honoured on his 102 birthday by Google Doodle
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Ustad Bismillah Khan honoured on his 102 birthday by Google Doodle

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Every day, the Google Doodle honours an exemplary personality and their commendable contributed to a certain field. Today, we are honouring the iconic Ustad Bismillah on his 102nd birthday. He was born in a family of court musicians. His father gave him the name – Bismillah that means ‘In the name of God’ As for the title Ustad which means master, he earned it for his contribution to music. This music maestro was a global icon, whose fame spread across the world.

He has several accolades to his credit – right from the honorary – Padma Shri to to Padma Bhushan to the Padma Vibhushan to the Bharat Ratna! The shehnai was his special instrument that he mastered during the post Independence era. In fact he played it even on the eve of Independence. Reports on NDTV suggest that till date, the Independence Day celebrations begin with his opening notes.

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