Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan a Well-Known Shehnai Exponent is No More


Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan well-known Shehnai exponent has passed away due to prolonged illness at the age of 77 years in Kolkata, West Bengal. After the legendary Bismillah Khan he was one of the best-known players of the instrument.

Image of Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan

Image of Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan

Well-known Shehnai exponent

  • He belongs to a renowned Shehnai exponent’s family of Banaras.

About Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan:

  • He was born on 21st March 1939 at Kolkata.
  • He was notably known for his innovative style and mastery over the classical and semi-classical and folk music repertoire.
  • In 1973 he had played Shehnai at the inauguration ceremony of Doordarshan television channel with Pandit Ravi Shankar.
  • He also had condensed its signature tune.
  • He had performed internationally including at Russia, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Indonesia, Tunisia, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
  • For All India Radio (AIR) he was the top graded artiste.
  • He has served as teacher in the Kolkata based ITC Sangeet Research Academy.

Awards and Honours:

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2009
  • Bangabhushan award in 2012 of West Bengal government
  • All Bengal Music Conference (Award & Gold Medal)
  • Gavati Devi Music (Gold Medal)
  • Tansen Samarooh, Gold Medal and awarded by Mr. M Farooque in Bihar
  • Sharif Awarded by the Government Of Port Blair Sruti Nandan (Kolkata)
  • Binapani Sanskrutika Anusthan (Cuttack)

About Shehnai:

  • It is a musical breeze instrument common in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
  • It is prepared from wood with a double reed at one end and a metal or wooden flared bell at the other end.
  • Its sound is supposed to create and maintain a sense of purity and auspiciousness and is generally used during processions, marriages and in temples even in concerts.
  • It is very similar to nadaswaram of South India.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 17, 2016