August 21, 2006
Wah Ustad no more
Ustad Bismillah Khan , shehnai maestro is no more .Read about it here, here and here .
It is sad to hear that somebody whose name was synonymous with shehnai would come to his end virtually penniless . At the same time there are rumours or at least Ustadji's apprehensions that he never played the shehnai due to his religion . It is indeed sad that in a secular state we haven't been able to dispel the fear that being in a minority would make one a less equal citizen .