Eminent Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan passed away following prolonged illness in Kolkatta, West Bengal. He was 77.
He was one of the best-known players of the instrument after the legendary Bismillah Khan. He hailed from a family of renowned Shehnai exponents from Benaras.
About Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan
- Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan was famously known for his innovative style and mastery over the classical and semi-classical and folk music repertoire.
- He had played Shehnai at the inauguration ceremony of Doordarshan television channel in 1973 with Pandit Ravi Shankar and also had rendered its signature tune.
- He had performed globally including at Russia, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Indonesia, Tunisia, Hongkong and the Philippines.
- He was a top graded artiste of All India Radio (AIR). He also used to teach in the Kolkatta based ITC Sangeet Research Academy .
- Awards and Honours: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2009), Bangabhushan award (2012) of West Bengal government etc.
Shehnai: It is a musical (wind) instrument common in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is made out of wood with a double reed at one end and a metal or wooden flared bell at the other end. Its sound is thought to create and maintain a sense of sanctity and auspiciousness and is widely used during processions, marriages and in temples although it is also played in concerts. It is similar to South India’s nadaswaram.