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as the managing director of Kerala State Industrial Enterprises. Big screens went up around Imphal that streamed the beautiful game. Rick notes that little is now happening in Congress on the stem cell front.My government and I have both performed for five years. and then quickly covered her chest before turning to Letterman and saying: ?s Kitchen: Cooking With Love For Family & Friends. While the tangling is still an issue.

which sources beans from small-scale growers across South India. Between 2008 and 2009, Persistent menu, Birla hospital officials said that the advanced form of 4th generation knee replacement implant called Opetetrak Knee,the Left Front government is now going through a war within on the issue of unused land.Duronto? Jónasdóttir knew that Calanus continue to breathe while hibernating and burn off most of their body fat. So, the BJP has been saying that 11 Assam districts have already “gone into the grip” of such people.computers and other soft skills have definitely given them more confidence and we will now replicate the programme in other schools as well, said deputy municipal commissioner (education)Chandrashekhar Rokde For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Los Angeles | Published: June 23 2012 1:40 pm Related News “Gossip Girl” actress Blake Lively has become the new face of Italian fashion house Gucci’s upcoming female perfumePremiere The 24-year-old will appear in a short movie directed by “Drive” helmer Nicolas Winding Refnand pose for print commercials shot by famed photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggottreported Aceshowbiz “In conceiving this fragrance I was inspired by timeless Hollywood glamor and the iconic leading ladies of Hollywood’s golden era Blake’s unique style and charisma brings that allure to life in a very contemporary way” said Gucci creative director Frida Giannini Livelywho is currently dating actor Ryan Reynoldsis happy to collaborate with Giannini “I admire the qualities of the Gucci Premiere woman and feel honored to represent the fragrance” she said The actress joins the likes of Evan Rachel WoodChris Evans and James Francowho are all faces of various Gucci scents Her movie commercial will premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Suanshu Khurana | Published: February 12 2017 12:00 am The day the music died: Ustad Bismillah Khan breathed magic into the wind instrument (Source: Express archive) Related News On the morning of August 15 1947 hours after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru delivered his “Tryst with Destiny” speech there rose from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi the incredibly delicate notes of a shehnai The raag was Kafi and the musician Ustad Bismillah Khan a devout Shia Muslim who was then based in Lucknow Dressed in his trademark achkan and Nehru topi he blew life into the reed and hope in the hearts of those who had gathered to hear India’s first Prime Minister speak The mangalvadya as the shehnai was called was an apt choice for the occasion It was a staple at auspicious events — births weddings and pooja in temples — and the birth of a nation demanded that it be pressed into service Turbulent times would follow — Partition would wreak havoc on the new nation — but on that day as Pandit Nehru unfurled the tricolour Khan who would stay back in India and make it his home played the shehnai with abandon distilling in his notes dreams of a glorious new beginning In the years to follow the instrument would become a symbol of secularism upholding the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb of Varanasi where Bismillah Khan and his family resided and played at the Balaji Temple for years Three years later Bismillah Khan would do a repeat act on January 26 1950 when India became a republic For years to come until he passed away in 2006 Republic Day mornings would be marked by his soulful classical melodies transmitted into our living rooms by All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan This year sharp at 515 am hours before the 68th Republic Day parade began a recording of Khan’s shehnai was played on both the public broadcasting platforms But to fans of Khan and exponents of the shehnai the notes sounded almost plaintive Only days earlier Khan’s four shehnais were stolen and sold by one of his grandsons for a paltry sum of Rs 17000 While three shehnais were made of silver the other was a wooden shehnai with a silver base The UP Special Task Force officers who arrested Khan’s grandson Nazre Hasan alias Shadaab and two jewellers from the Chowk area in Varanasi also recovered 166 kg of silver produced by melting the silver shehnais Indian musician Ustad Bismillah Khan at his house in Varanasi Khan one of India’s best-known musicians and a master exponent of the wind instrument ‘shehnai’ died of heart failure at the age of 90 on August 21 2006 (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastava) The theft seemed to signal the end of an era and the death of an instrument that had once held India in its thrall Even though 79-year-old Varanasi-based shehnai player Pandit Krishna Ram Chaudhary featured in the Padma Shri list this year it seems that the odds are stacked against the instrument January also saw the passing of another heavyweight Kolkata-based Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan 77 who had rendered the signature tune of Doordarshan that had been composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar In his tiny temple-cum-music-room at his Vasant Kunj apartment Delhi-based Pandit Daya Shankar holds out his 40-year-old shehnai Grandson of the famed shehnai maestro Pandit Anant Lal his family has played the instrument for almost 450 years He says that over the years particularly after Bismillah Khan’s death concerts have become few and far between Shankar who retired from the post of shehnai player at All India Radio in 2012 says that the position a mandatory category since the formation of AIR in 1936 has been discontinued at radio stations all over the country “Radio was the one place that still extended patronage to musicians after the kings were stripped of their power after Independence But now that is also gone” says Daya Shankar His sons Sanjeev and Ashwini Shankar who like their father trained under Pandit Ravi Shankar and Lal say that even concerts that feature the shehnai don’t put it in a starring role It usually finds a 10-15 minutes slot at the beginning when the ceremonial lamp is lit Afterwards more prominent instruments take centrestage The longevity of an instrument can be measured by the number of exponents it garners But in that too the scope of the shehnai has become severely limited — the instrument does not feature in the music syllabus of any university in the country including the Banaras Hindu University “In the past institutionalisation of classical music may have been looked down upon by some of the leading artistes who believed that music needed to be learned under a guru But for it to be taught at the university level the government needs to fill up the posts available That helps keep the conversation going Shehnai is not a part of the syllabus anywhere unlike the sitar sarod and flute That’s reason enough for it to languish” says Daya Shankar Gone with the wind: Pandit Daya Shankar For his cousin Delhi-based Rajendra Prasanna 60 a rare artiste who can play both the flute and the shehnai the situation has meant a sharp dip in the number of students who want to train in the shehnai Even fewer he says are willing to pour themselves into learning this difficult instrument that requires “massive lung power and breath control” He himself is hardly ever invited to play the shehnai There are plenty of flute concerts though “When the artiste gets worried about his next meal the art tends to die” he says With the dip in demand the number of kaarigars working on making the instrument has dwindled too Varanasi known for expert kaarigars has suffered in particular Daya Shankar speaks of Mohammad Safi the artisan in Varanasi who made shehnais for Bismillah Khan It was a craft passed down generations but now Safi unable to meet ends has joined the Bharat Band Party with his son He only works on the shehnai in his spare time Many other kaarigars have switched to making furniture to survive Sanjay Sharma who owns the famous Rikhi Ram and Sons one of the oldest instrument shops in Delhi has always relied on Varanasi artisans to make the shehnais he stocks in his Connaught Place shop Once his clientele included Pandit Ravi Shankar and George Harrison among others Now despite a growing number of footfalls from foreigners there are barely any requests for shehnais “There are very few shehnai makers left Who is buying them anyway” asks Sharma Tune into the popular soundscape and the shehnai bid farewell long ago The last time Bollywood used a full-fledged shehnai piece in a film was in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar (2012) Bismillah Khan’s student Chennai-based S Ballesh 58 a fixture in AR Rahman and Ilayaraja’s orchestras performed the lilting shehnai jugalbandi in raag Sindhu Bhairavi Director SS Rajamouli used the south Indian version of the shehnai — the naadaswaram — in his 2015 blockbuster Baahubali Before that Rahman had used a shehnai in 2004 for Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Swades “Rahman asked me to play my heart out and I did The shehnai is a magical instrument but after Khan sahab’s death it hasn’t gotten its due” says Mumbai-based artiste Madhukar Dhomal who played the piece in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Bismillah Khan with music director Vasant Desai and producer-director Vijay Bhatt at a recording session for Goonj Uthi Shehnai (Source: Express Archive) It’s a far cry from the ’60s and ’70s when films such as Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959) lent popularity to the instrument Now let alone the shehnai classical music has been waging a losing battle against music companies Barring albums of Bismillah Khan that came out during his heydays there have been no shehnai albums in a long time Sanjeev and Ashwini who perform as a team did record two albums a couple of years ago but the music companies are still sitting on them “In the three decades after Independence the shehnai was an integral part of our daily life That’s why it also found its way into films Today we don’t hear the instrument at all How do you expect it to be used in films” says Ballesh It was Ustad Bismillah Khan who changed the fortune of the shehnai A sub-continental equivalent of the oboe the shehnai was an improvement over the pungi or the been that was used by snake charmers It is a delicate instrument that needs a pitch-perfect reed — the sound tends to alter even with the slightest variation in temperature and altitude Khan’s father Paighambar Bux alias Bachai Miyan was a court musician in the royal palace of Dumraon in Bihar He played the shehnai and young Bismillah his second son listened to the music with rapt attention “There were no microphones in those days and yet the sound reached every room in the palace The instrument’s natural sound doesn’t require an amplifier Not many instruments can boast of that” says Prasanna In Dumraon among the many legends that float around about Bismillah Khan one goes thus: in 1921 when the maestro was five years old his father took him to the Biharji Temple The young boy sang “Ehi matiya me bhulail hamar motiya hai Rama (It’s in this place that I lost my pearl)” much to the amazement of those present The boy was rewarded with a motichur laddu and rigorous training in shehnai from his uncle the late Ali Baksh Vilayatu a shehnai player attached to Varanasi’s Balaji Temple Khan would continue to play the shehnai for hours at the Balaji Temple until an invitation to play at the Calcutta All India Music Conference would come his way in 1937 That day the shehnai entered the proscenium stage “The man was playing classical raags on an instrument that came only with one-and-a-half octave and was utterly folk in its origin It was marvellous” says shehnai player Krishna Ballesh S Ballesh’s son S Ballesh and son Krishna But there are no worthy successors to Khan’s legacy His dedication is missing in the younger generations Most students don’t continue for long enough to reach the concert stage “Some students ask me how long it will take to learn I don’t have an answer to that” says Daya Shankar According to NCERT musicologist Sharbari Banerjee musicians such as Khan and Lal created an audience for themselves by virtue of their talent It transcended the fact that the shehnai is not meant for solo play “A lead player always has to be accompanied by more shehnai players — to hold on to the notes and rhythmic pattern while the main player caught his breath To have a group that can match up to the talent of the lead player is never an easy task Many musicians could not create a second generation because of two reasons — they were busy trying to find a stage for themselves and the next generation wasn’t keen on the rigour necessary to perfect the saaz” she says Of Khan’s nine children only two of his sons took up the instrument One of them Nayyar Hussain did well for a while as Khan’s accompanying artiste but after Khan’s death his career petered out A part of the blame for the shehnai falling into disuse rests with Khan too He attributed his talent to the blessings of Lord Vishwanath and was an erratic teacher He believed that there was very little that he could teach his disciples and that shehnai needed dedication and divine intervention in equal measure — things that could not be taught So where does the shehnai go from here “There was a time when it was a must at weddings But now that foothold has gone as well We live in an age of electronic music The shehnai will die a natural death” says Prasanna Khan had once said “Allah agar ilm de toh muqaddar bhi de (If God provides talent he should also bless one with good fortune)” His favourite instrument desperately needs both For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsAuckland | Published: February 10 2014 4:11 am Related News Chris Cairns has challenged former teammates to go public with any evidence they may have of his involvement in match-fixing after slamming former great Richard Hadlee and other NZC officials over the issue He has asked labelled the International Cricket Council investigation into the allegations as reckless Cairns called an impromptu news conference at Eden Park Sunday to complain neither New Zealand Cricket nor former New Zealand players had publicly defended him The ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit has confirmed it is conducting an investigation involving Cairns and his former New Zealand teammates Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey Cairns told reporters at Eden Park he was aware of “whispers” behind his back about his alleged involvement in match-fixing and challenged former teammates to “man up” and make public any evidence they hold “Go on the record” Cairns said “Contact the ICC If you’re man enough to be saying it behind my back say it to the people that you should be saying it to or to me Cairns said New Zealand Cricket had taken no steps to represent his interests or to attempt to ascertain the nature of the allegations against him “The thing that really irks me with NZC is from day one I’ve had the door shut in my face’’ he said “You’ve got a board member Martin Snedden a lawyer Does he see this as a just process Is this a proper way to conduct an investigation “Sir Richard Hadlee as a board member how would Sir Richard feel having his family name being dragged through the mud as mine is “And David White the chief executive is he happy that somebody who gave 16 years of his life to this institution over 250 games is David White happy with the way this process is being done I see NZC declined to comment Why” Cairns said he would be unemployed from Monday when his contract with New Zealand’s Sky Television ended For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related News

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