102nd Birth Anniversary Ustad Bismillah Khan (1916 -2006)
The Nation today remembers the Legend and Maestro of Shehnai Ustad Bismillah Khan on his 102nd Birth Anniversary. Born on 21 Mar 1916 at Dumraon in Bihar he was conferred Sahitya Academy Award in 1956,Padma Shri in 1961, Padma Bhusan in 1968, Padma Vibhusan in 1980 and the Highest Civilian Award Bharat Ratna in 2001.
His Shehnai recital before the start of Republic Day Parade is still fondly remembered by three generations of Indians who were fortunate to hear him live on TV Channels.
A stamp was issued by India Post in his honour on 21 Aug 2008.