21 Aug 2006... a sad day for any Indian musician. Ustad Bismillah Khan, who ruled the world of music for nearly 70 years with his magical shehnai breathed his last late in the night. His death brings in deep grief in the hearts of his fans.
Shehnai reached new heights under his interests. The instrument that was restricted to temples and marriages received the respect attributed to classical instruments viz. sitar, flute etc owing to his innovations in the style and presentation.