Ustad Allauddin Khan’s 37th death anniversary today
The 37th death anniversary of world-renowned musician, Sur Samrat Ustad Allauddin Khan will be held in Brahmanbaria today.
Brahmanbaria Municipality and Sur Samrat Ustad Allauddin Sangeetangan will hold separate programmes to mark the day.
Brahmanbaria Municipality Auditorium will be named after Ustad Allauddin Khan and it is likely to be inaugurated by a local MP, Advocate Lutful Hye.
Ustad Allauddin Khan was born in 1862 at Shibpur village under Nabinagar upazila of the district. He was a multi-instrumentalist, composer and one of the most renowned music teachers of the 20th Century in Indian classical music.
During his lifetime, he composed several ragas and laid the foundation of a modern Maihar Gharana. Amongst his recordings, which are rare, the most important ones are those he recorded with the All India Radio in 1959-60.
He was the father of sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan and Annapurna Devi and guru to Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee, Vasant Rai, Pannalal Ghosh, Bahadur Khan, Sharan Rani and other influential musicians. He himself was a disciple of many great musicians, including Gopal Chandra Banerjee, Lobo, Munne Khan, and most importantly after a lot of struggle managed to become a shagird (disciple) of the legendary veena player, Wazir Khan of Rampur.
He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour in 1971, and prior to that in 1954, the Sangeet Natak Akademi awarded him with its highest honour, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime contribution to Indian music.
Ustad Allauddin Khan died in 1972 in Maihar, India.