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Bismillah Khan’s memorial to be set up at Rishikesh

NEW DELHI, August 21: Miles away from the home town of Shehnai maestro late Ustad Bismillah Khan, a Bismillah Khan memorial will be constructed at Rishikesh, the gateway to Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal district where Lord Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu.

Several villagers of Tehri-Garhwal have expressed to donate lands to “Andolan Ek Pustak Se” to construct the memorial in the name of Ustad Bismillah Khan - the Icon of communal harmony and peace - and school for the orphans and children belonging to socially and economically weaker section of the society, says Neena Jha and Shivnath Jha.

“Our purpose is to maintain late Bismillah Khan’s Ganga-Jamuna tradition and promote his secular philosophy,” claimed Bismillah:The Beginning Foundation, a trust, set-up during the life time of the Ustad to protect musicians, academicians, artists and others who have brought pride and laurels to the Independent India. It would be a grate tribute to the Ustad.

The couple had launched “Andolan Ek Pusta…

The person galloped on April 18, 1859 was he the real Tatya Tope?

150-YEAR OF 1857 UPRISING
The person galloped on April 18, 1859 was he the real Tatya Tope?


NEW DELHI: Log on www.tatyatope.blogspot.com. There is a startling revelation. “The person galloped on April 18, 1859 was he the real Tatya Tope? And, so much so that in the long statement of Tatya Tope there was no mention, direct or implied, of Man Singh having betrayed him, nor were there any condemnatory remarks about him.”

On the basis of the declaration which Tatya Tope’s nephew, Narayan Rao Tope, father of Vinayak Rao Tope of Bithoor, the blog has raised doubts that the person hanged was some other man and not Tatya Tope. These doubts have also found certain historically accepted circumstances.

Quoting extract from a 636-page book “Nana Saheb Peshwas and the Fight for Freedom” authored by Anand Swarup Mishra and published by Information Department of Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1961, the blog says: “Shortly after the hanging of the alleged tatya Tope, his father Randuran Rao, along with …

Bismillah Khan now in Class IX syllabus

Bismillah Khan now in Class IX syllabus

New Delhi, July 23 (UNI) : Shehnai maestro late Ustad Bismillah Khan was not destined to fulfil his lifetime desire to play the instrument at the historic India Gate but his name will be enshrined in the minds of children with his life and art becoming part of the curriculum for Class IX students.

While performing at a cultural programme in Delhi three years ago, the maestro said '' When I sing the bhajan 'Raghupati Raghav Rajaram', it gives me tremendous satisfaction to know that at least some of the children will remember the 'old man' for the song''.

That dream has now been realised with the NCERT including a chapter on the Ustad in the Class IX syllabi.On India's first Republic Day, Bismillah Khan enthralled audiences with a sterling performance from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

The legendary musician has been an inspiration for the world and thus the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCE…

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Want to do something for the descendants of 1857 Uprising heroes and warriors living in anonymity in the country, send details on firstwarofindependence@gmail.com or tatyatope@minister.com to protect them

‘Andolan Ek Pustak Se’ under the aegis Bismillah:The Beginning Foundation has launched a nationwide movement to search and rehabilitate the descendants of 1857 war heroes in view of the ongoing celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the 1857 Uprising.

The movement has decided to rehabilitate at least 10 families in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Maharastra.

We request the people across the country to send the information and details of the heirs the first war of independence on firstwarofindependence@gmail.com or tatyatope@minister.com so that we could be able to work for the noble cause.

We have identified and played a key role in rehabilitation of Tatya Tope’s heirs Vinayak Rao Tope’s family of Bithoor, about 33 kilometer from industrial ci…

Floral tribute to late Ustad Bismillah Khan at India Gate

Floral tribute paid to late Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan at India Gate premises where the ustad was to play 'Tune India' on July 15, 2006 to fulfill his ‘last wish’ and to pay tribute to the unsung heroes of World War-I, for the global peace and harmony


NEW DELHI, July 15, 2007: Hundreds of people, including visiting foreign national, women and children this evening paid a rich floral tributes to shehnai maestro late Ustad Bismillah Khan and maintained and two minutes silence for the departed soul at August Kranti park at historical India Gate in the national capital.

Ustad Bismillah Khan who had enthralled audiences with a sterling performance from the ramparts of the Red Fort in the wee hours on August 15, 1947, was to perform “Tune India” concert to fulfill his lifetime wish on July 15 last year under the aegis of Bismillah:The Beginning Foundation. But fate did not allow the shehnai maestro to fulfil his last wish. The ustad died on August 21 last year at the age of …

A TRIBUTE TO THE USTAD ON JULY 15,2007

Last year on July 15, 2006, the shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan was to perform at this historical place at a special function called “India Gate Salutations 2006” to serenade the warriors, who sacrificed their life for the sake of their motherland. It was to be the first time when all the living Bharat Ratnas and national civilian award recipients were expected to gather at the India Gate.

Bismillah Khan, the oldest Bharat Ratna recipient, was not only a part of the history of martyrdoms but had witnessed the resurrection of an independent India. The grand India Gate was built 75 years ago in 1931. A special souvenir to mark the 75th anniversary of the India Gate as well as 75th anniversary of the martyrdoms was also slated to be released.

Five years ago, when he did not have money and resources to meet the cost of his needs, the then government arranged for his performance at Parliament Annexe where Khan had to virtually give a charity show for his own benefit.

It was then that Nee…

Be Human and Protect Humanity

“Alhan-do-lillah”
Be human and protect humanbeing

Want to do something for 1857 Uprising heroes, send

details on tatyatope@minister.com to protect their
descendants living in anonymity in the country


‘Andolan Ek Pustak Se’ has received another feather in its cap when the Union Minister for Railway Lalu Prasad and Union Minister Minister for Corporate Affairs Premchand Gupta have asked Bismillah:The Beginning Foundation which had launched this movement to continue their movement for the ‘human cause’ and launch a nationwide mission to search and rehabilitate the descendants of 1857 war heroes in view of the ongoing celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the 1857 Uprising.

The initiators of Andolan Ek Pustak Se, Neena Jha and Shivnath Jha said that their foundation would rehabilitate at least 10 families by the end of 150th year of the first war of independence in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Maharastra.

Maintaining the they were getting full sup…

Freedom fighters ask for Lalu's honour

Freedom fighters ask for Lalu's honour

Friday, July 06 2007 14:39 (IST)

Jaunpur, July 6 (UNI) Two freedom fighters have demanded public honour of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad for providing employment to the great grand daughters of the great leader Tatya Tope. In a letter to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, the great freedom fighters and former MLAs -- Nageshwar Dwivedi and Keshri Prasad Panday -- had urged that Mr Prasad should be honoured publicly for the good cause he had done.
''Mr Prasad had set-up a good example both in the world and society by providing jobs to the great grand daughters of Tatya Tope in railways,'' the duo said while talking to UNI here.
In a similar manner, attention should be paid towards the present generation of other freedom fighters, who were struggling for survival, the former MLAs noted. Help should be lended to the widow of writer Pt Shyam Narayan, who wrote 'Haldighati', as she was striving hard in Azamgarh district, they adde…

A SUDDEN TURN OF FORTUNES

All roads lead to Taya Tope's house, it's a sudden turn of fortunes, Vinayak Rao Tope decides to perform marraiges of his daughters with social dignity

BY RAMANAND

BITHOOR (KANPUR), July 6 : Vinayak Rao Tope, the heirs of frontline leader of the first independence war of 1857 Tatya Tope, and his wife Saraswati Tope would perform marriages of their both the daughters Pragati, 25 and Tripti, 21, now employees of Container Corporation of India, a public sector undertaking of the Indian Railway with "pride and social dignity".

And, for this, the Tope heirs have expressed their gratitude to the Union Minister for Railway Lalu Prasad, Union Minister for Corporate Affairs Prem Chand Gupta, Rajya Sabha MP from Maharastra Vijay Darda and Delhi-based couple Neena and Shivnath Jha.

"Ab humey apni beti ki shadi karney mein kisi se bhikh nahin mangna parega, mein Neenaji, Shivnathji ko dhanyabad deta hun jo humey Kendriya Corporate mantri Sri Prem Guptaji and Kendriya Rail mantr…

Railway jobs to descedants of Tatya Tope

By Partho Burman, Headlinesindia

New Delhi: The fourth generation of martyr in the first war of independence -- Tatya Tope's – Pragati Tope (25) and Tripti Tope (21) have received the appointment letters from the Union Minister for Railways, Lalu Prasad Yadav for the post of Commercial Assistant at Kanpur Terminal of Container Corporation of India Ltd., a Public Sector Undertaking of Ministry of Railways on Wednesday. The duo are daughters of underprivileged Vinayak Rao Tope, the heir of Tatya Tope.

The descendants of Tatya Tope's live at Lava-Kusha Nagar of Bithoor, about 30 kilometre from Kanpur. Tope’s heirs were rescued by Neena and Shivnath Jha. Tope's heors were camping in the national capital for the past one week. They met Lalu Prasad and Union Minister for Corporate Affairs Prem Chand Gupta on Wednesday and requested the ministers to provide them jobs. Vinayak Rao Tope earns his livelihood from a small kirana shop opened near their house.

Meanwhile, Lalu Prasad decla…
शहीद तात्या टोपे की दो प्रपौत्रियों को लालू ने दी नौकरी

Created on : 7/4/2007 4:03:55 PM (TOP 10)

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Lalu acts as Samaritan for tatya Tope descendants

New Delhi Wednesday, Jul 4 2007 19:33:27 IST

Moved by the plight of fourth generation descendants of Tantya Tope, a frontline leader and martyr of the 1857 Uprising, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad today acted as a Samaritan, offering jobs to two daughters of the family in the Railways.

''Pragati and Tripti, the two daughters of Vinayakrao Tope who is the grandson of Tantya Tope, have been given employment in Container Corporation of India Ltd (CONCOR) in Kanpur,'' Mr Prasad told reporters.

In a sudden turn of fortunes for the family languishing in extreme poverty and squalor, Mr Vijay Darda, a Rajya Sabha member and owner of Lokmat Group of Newspapers, announced financial assistance of Rs five lakh for them.

Company Affairs Minister Premchand Gupta chipped in with an announcement that the house of Tantya Tope at Bithur, 37 km from Kanpur, would be turned into a memorial. A life-size statue of the martyr would also be installed there.

The announcements for providng succour to…

BITHOR,where human race on earth was propagated and Tatya Tope spent his life before he was galloped, neglected; district magistrate humiliates heirs

Bithoor, where human race on earth was propagated and Tatya Tope spent his life before he was galloped, neglected; district magistrate humiliates Tatya’s starved and malnutrited heirs, live and continue to languish in squalour and anonymity

BITHOOR (KANPUR) : Clad with Marathi dhoti and banyan, neglected and malnutrited Vinayak Rao Tope, 52, and his 18-year son Ashutosh Tope were sitting at Gajanan Kirana and General Store (at the premises of Ram Chandra Pandurang @ Tatya Tope’s house) at Lava-Kusha Nagar of Bithoor - a place of great antiquity - situated on the bank of River Ganga, about 30 kilometer from Kanpur.

It is here at Bithoor that Brahma, the God of creation, performed the grate horse sacrifice for propagating the human race on earth and Tatya Tope came here at the age of four with Baji Rao Peshwa-II and fought with the British army during the first war of Independence in 1857 before he was galloped in 1859.

The people of Bithoor, especially the new generation, does not know wh…

Trial & death of Tatya Tope

THE PERSON HANGED:WAS HE THE REAL TATYA TOPE


According to “Conflict of Evidence” written by an English writer, “after 1857, twelve persons of Tatya Tope’s family, including his father were kept in Gwalior Fort pending investigations into their intecedents. His mother Rukmini Bai and his sister Durga were among the prisoners. They were found to be innocent and were released. Ttatya Tope’s father and members of his family there upon came to Bithoor to settle there. Due to financial difficulties the family broke up; three bothers went away to Nepal. Another brother of Tatya Tope, Ramkrishna Panduran reached Baroda in search on employment. There he met the maharaja and said that he was the brother of Tatya Tope and wanted employment. The manahara apprehending trouble with the government, put the man before the Assistant Resident who took a written statement from him.

Of the questions the officers asked, one was, where is Tatya Tope these days? This was in 1862.

Now, when tatya Tope had been …

ALL ABOUT LALU

Delhi based journalist Shivnath Jha has put his thirty-three year long acquaintance with Railway Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal President Lalu Prasad to good use by authoring a 260-page book, Lalu Prasad: India’s miracle. The book, sans any controversies, holds up a mirror to Lalu’s struggles, his poor background, and the resistance from his bride-to-be Rabri to marry a man without any land or wealth.The author who shares his alma mater, Bihar National College, with Lalu, first met the rustic leader in 1974-75 during the JP movement. The writer was then working as a newspaper hawker. The meetings continued as Lalu often visited the office of the Indian Nation, a well known daily (now defunct) from Bihar, where Jha worked as a copy holder.Meanwhile, Lalu loyalists used the recent meeting of the Rashtriya Janata Dal National Executive as an excercise in sycophancy. The Executive went out of its way to pass a resolution titled “Achievements of the Railway Ministry”. While felicitating…

RABRI DIDN'T WANT TO MARRY "BIKHMANGA" LALU, SAYS A BOOK

New Delhi, April 29: Barely days before their nuptial, she had complained bitterly to her parents for marrying her off in a penniless family. Years later, Lalu Prasad proved his `worthiness` and political acumen by making Rabri Devi the Chief Minister of Bihar -- a passage from kitchen to cabinet, literally! It was Lalu`s way of "paying off a debt to his wife," reveals a yet-to-be-released pictorial monograph on the Railway Minister. In her own admission, Rabri Devi says, "Shadi mein khoob ladai hua (my marriage involved a lot of family drama). The reason was that while all of my three sisters were married off to well-to-do families having huge landed properties, my in-laws had just a thatched roof. "Just everyone kept telling my father that why are you handing out your daughter to a bhikhmanga (beggar)?" The 300-page monograph, the first of its kind on the charismatic politician, is slated to hit the bookshops in India before the politician`s 60th birthday on…

PRAYERS, GET WELL MESSAGES FOR AILING BISMILLAH KHAN

New Delhi/Varanasi, Aug 17 - Get well messages are pouring in from across the country for shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan, who was hospitalised in Varanasi Thursday morning following a brief illness.Musicians, Bollywood stars, artistes and many others have sent messages for Bismillah Khan, 92. He was admitted to hospital after he became very weak. He had fallen ill about a week ago and was being treated by a private consultant at his residence in Varanasi.Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar and her sister Usha Mangeshkar wished that the maestro gets well soon and is also able to perform at the India Gate - his ardent wish. 'We appeal to the people and music lovers to pray for his good health and early recovery.'Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar's Ravi Shankar Foundation, in a message, said they prayed for Khan's recovery. Ravi Shankar, a contemporary of Bismillah Khan, is out of the country.In a message, superstar Amitabh Bachchan said: 'I appeal to people across the wor…

BISMILLAH KHAN TO PERFORM AT INDIA GATE

New Delhi, May 7 (IANS, UNI) - With the government permission obtained now, nonagenarian shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan will fulfil his 'last wish' of performing at the India Gate here, with melody queen Lata Mangeshkar in attendance.The 'Meri Antim Abhilasha (My last wish) - Tune India Shehnai concert' is being performed by the Bharat Ratna recipient on July 15 to pay tribute to the unsung heroes of World War I and for global peace and communal harmony.'We have requested Lataji, who was awarded the nation's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna along with Ustad Bismillah Khan on 25th January, 2001, to grace the occasion,' said journalist Shivnath Jha, who along with his wife Neena is organising the event.'It was Bismillah Khan's heartfelt desire to play the shehnai at the India Gate before he takes his last breath. He repeated his desire on his 91st birthday this year. We had assured him that it would be fulfilled and finally we got the nod from the…

MAESTRO'S CHOICE

Fulfilling the long cherished wish of shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan, a concert is being organised at the India Gate on July 15. Called The Tune India Concert, it will mark the 75th anniversary of the India Gate built as a tribute to 90,000 unsung Indian soldiers killed during the World War-I.According to the organizer Shivnath Jha when he along with his wife Neena Jha met the Bharat Ratna on his 91st birthday he shared his wish to give a lifetime performance from the precincts of India Gate. As Ustad Bismillah Khan reached the twilight of his life, he got mostly confined to his modest house in Banaras and his performances became rare. Ailing as he is mainly because of failing strength of his knees, the Ustad is not able to stand and has to be wheeled within the house for his basic needs. About four years ago when he did not have money and resources to meet the cost of his treatment and his other needs. The then Government arranged for his performance at Parliament Annexe where …

BISMILLAH KHAN TREATED "SHEHNAI" AS HIS "BEGUM"

NEW DELHI: The death of his wife fourteen years ago had left Bismillah Khan, the shehnai maestro, shattered and inconsolable, but he came to terms with the tragedy by treating 'shehnai' as his 'begum'.''Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan used to keep his shehnai on his bed and under his pillow. It inspired him. It gave him power to think about 'ragas' and music,'' says the couple –Neena and Shivnath Jha - who took possibly the last interview of the maestro before his death early yesterday.The Jha couple, who has set up 'Bismillah'', an NGO dedicated to the welfare of forgotten artists, spent over 16 hours with the Ustad on August 18-19 to inquire about his health and other issues, including his desire to perform at the India Gate - a wish that remained unfulfilled.''I am still practising...I am trying to produce a new 'raag'' -- ''raag bhadai'' -- at India Gate,'' he had told the Jha couple …

BISMILLAH KHAN TO PERFORM AT INDIA GATE

NEW DELHI, APRIL 9, 2006 (PTI, UNI, IANS) :Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan will perform for the first time at India Gate in July to pay tribute to the unsung war heroes and maintain peace and communal harmony in the country.This was announced by "Bismillah: The Beginning," a movement lunched by New Delhi-based couple Neena Jha and Shivnath Jha to protect musicians, academicians and artists who have brought pride and laurels to the nation."It is my heartiest desire to render shehnai at the India Gate," a World War I monument in the heart of the Indian capital, Bismillah Khan said. The maestro played shehnai from the rampart of the Red Fort Aug 15, 1947.Central Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal said of the event: "It's virtually a movement launched by a couple through a book for a noble cause."The Jhas have brought a monograph on Bismillah Khan to extend financial support to the ailing maestro.Conferred with all the four national awar…

BISMILLAH KHAN TO PERFORM AT INDIA GATE

NEW DELHI, APRIL 9, 2006 (PTI, UNI, IANS) :Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan will perform for the first time at India Gate in July to pay tribute to the unsung war heroes and maintain peace and communal harmony in the country.This was announced by "Bismillah: The Beginning," a movement lunched by New Delhi-based couple Neena Jha and Shivnath Jha to protect musicians, academicians and artists who have brought pride and laurels to the nation."It is my heartiest desire to render shehnai at the India Gate," a World War I monument in the heart of the Indian capital, Bismillah Khan said. The maestro played shehnai from the rampart of the Red Fort Aug 15, 1947.Central Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal said of the event: "It's virtually a movement launched by a couple through a book for a noble cause."The Jhas have brought a monograph on Bismillah Khan to extend financial support to the ailing maestro.Conferred with all the four national awar…

91 KG CAKE FOR BISMILLAH KHAN ON 91ST BIRTHDAY

NEW DELHI, January 18, 2006 (IANS) : Shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan will be presented a 91 kg cake in New Delhi on his 91st birthday on Mar 21 by a young couple who say they want to focus attention on the government's apathy towards the musician who has been conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour. At a reception in New Delhi on that day, Khan will release a monograph on himself authored by the journalist couple, Neena and Shivnath Jha, who will present the maestro Rs.150,000 "to take care of him in the winter of his life"."Ustadji hails from Bihar and so do we. Till date, neither the Bihar government nor the people of the state have organised any public felicitation to pay their tribute to the living legend for his contribution to Indian classical music," Neena Jha said of the celebrations."Bismillah Khan is a one-man army engaged in propagating and popularising the Shehnai globally. He had broken through the musical 'cha…

MUSICIANS NOW SEEK INSTANT SUCCESS: BISMILLAH KHAN

Benaras, September 13, 2006 (IANS) Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan, who received the Bharat Ratna in 2001, is upset with the musicians of today and their disciples, saying they only hunger for instant success. The 'guru-shishya parampara', the sacred relationship between the musician teacher and the disciple, is "finished", bemoaned the nonagenarian musician. "Sab kuch khatam ho gaya (everything is finished)," Khan told a Delhi-based journalist couple Neena and Shivnath Jha at his Varanasi home.Neena Jha runs an all-women magazine 'The Indraprastha NCR', while her husband works with Sahara Time, a weekly news magazine.Khan said the teachers and disciples of today have no patience to hone their music."Today, both the guru and the disciple want instant results and have stopped believing in the virtue of patience. The guru today has neither discipline nor does his shishya possess 'adab' (respect). Everything is gone. Ab to Allah ka hi…

IMPACT OF THE MOVEMENT

Jaiswal to invite Bismillah Khan for India Gate concert

NEW DELHI, April 26, 2006 (PTI) : Minister of State for Home, Sriprakash Jaiswal, will visit Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan's house in Varanasi on Friday to personally extend an invitation to the legend, who has expressed his 'last wish' to play at the India Gate in July for global peace and communal harmony. The non-agenarian Ustad, who enthralled a newly-independent India from the ramparts of the Red Fort in 1947, has now been given official nod to fulfil his wish of a solo concert, titled 'The Tune India' at the India Gate on July 15. The initiative was taken by the capital-based couple Neena Jha and Shivnath Jha, who have launched an initiative "Bismillah" (The Beginning) to provide succour to musicians, academicians and artists who have brought laurel to the country. "As a part of the initiative, I am going to request the maestro to play his melodious 'sur' at India Gate for gl…

USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN TO PERFORM AT DARBHANGA

New Delhi, April. 7, 2006 (PTI) : A much-cherished desire of Shahnai legend Ustad Bismillah Khan, who recently turned 91, will be fulfilled when he performs for the first time at the historical India Gate in the national capital later this year.The performance by the legendary Khan will be held in July as part of the movement 'Bismillah: The Beginning' launched to benefit musicians, academicians and artistes who have brought laurels to the country, the organisers said.The Shahnai maestro, who lives in a narrow lane of Sarai Harha in the temple town of Varanasi, had expressed as his "last wish" on his 91st birthday the desire to perform at the India Gate in New Delhi and at Darbhanga in Bihar.Conferred with all four of the top national awards -- Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna -- Khan had played Shahnai at the Red Fort on August 15, 1947. Mithila University Vice-Chancellor Rajmani Prasad Singh is organising the Ustad's programme in Darb…

IMPACT OF THE MOVEMENT

The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh forwarded a cheque worth Rs 2.5 lakh to the shehnai maestro to take care him at the winter of his life.

SHEHNAI MAESTRO SEEKS FINANCIAL SUCCOUR FROM THE GOVERNMENT

BENARAS, JAN 26, 2006 (IANS) : Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan, who was conferred the Bharat Ratna in 2001, is upset with the government for ignoring him and has urged that all the financial promises made to him be redeemed.The nonagenarian musician has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to release all outstanding financial dues pending "since 1961" so that he could take care of his needs in his old age.The visibly upset maestro stated this while autographing the cover page of a book on him, compiled and edited by a journalist couple, at his dilapidated house in Varanasi last week.With tears in his eyes, the ailing musician said: "Mujhey yaad nahin hai ke kisne kya kaha tha aur kya ummid dilaye thi, lekin agar mere marney se pahley Bharat sarkar ek rupiya bhi de deti to shayad mujhey sukun milta. (I don't remember who promised what, but before I die if the Indian government gives me even one rupee then it will give me mental peace)."Delhi-based journalist…

Bismillah Khan's legacy

Lalu to be ‘brand ambassador

’NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 23, 2006 (UNI):

A political veteran and the latest management guru, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad will now become the “brand ambassador” of shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan’s legacy.As a step to perpetuate the memory of the music wizard, Lalu Prasad is going to place the first-ever autographed monograph on him in over 7000-odd railway stations across the country.Pointing out that “charity begins at home”, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President said, “I will make the monograph on Bismillah Khan easily accessible and give an opportunity to the poor to know his contribution to Indian music and his secular philosophy.”Recalling the life-philosophy of the maestro, Mr Prasad said Bismillah Khan had once said “once we realise that we all are the creation of a single divine force, harmony and unity will prevail”.The 200-page monograph has been brought out by Neena and Shivnath Jha, a Delhi-based journalist couple, who were moved by the pl…

MONOGRAPH ON USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN LAUNCHED

New Delhi September 18, 2006 :

Admirers of late shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan and lovers of Indian classical music can leaf through a monograph on the musical legend. The autographed monograph was launched in India on Sunday to mark the ''chaliswan'', last day of rituals following his death on Aug 21. Bismillah Khan had released the monograph on March 25 on the occasion of his 91st birthday in Benaras. Delhi-based Om Arora of Variety Book Depot is distributing the monograph. He plans to make the book available to music lovers throughout the country and abroad, especially the US, Britain, Germany and France. "It''s a priceless book and a noble way to pay respect to the legend," said Arora. The proceeds of the sale are aimed to support artistes and educationists who have excelled in their fields. The has been brought out by a Delhi couple Neena Jha and Shivnath Jha, who were great admirers of Bismillah Khan. The book has a foreword by noted Hindustani v…

OBITUARY : Ustad Bismillah Khan

August 21, 2006 09:00 IST (PTI):
Ustad Bismillah Khan: On the shore of the ocean of music

On India's first Republic Day, Ustad Bismillah Khan had enthralled audiences with a sterling performance from the ramparts of the Red Fort. But fate did not allow the shehnai maestro to fulfil his last wish, that of playing at India Gate. The man who mesmerised generations of Indians with his mellifluous music wanted to make the performance a memorable one. But a concert at the venue, scheduled for August 9, was cancelled due to security reasons. The 91-year-old Bharat Ratna awardee, said to be single-handedly responsible for making the shehnai a famous classical instrument, had earlier alleged he had been denied the opportunity to play at India Gate because he was a Muslim. However, Khan was quick to point out he never faced any hurdles on account of being a Muslim. "Music has no caste. I have received love and affection all over the world. The government has given me all the four highes…