Monday, April 18, 2011

Ustad Bismillah Khan Sahab

Found this really amazing book shop in Varanasi called the Harmony Book Store. I ended up buying some six amazing books from this place. This shop is a must visit if you go to Banaras. While going through some photography books got my hands on a Raghu Rai's book on Varanasi (beautiful pictures!) and one of the pictures was of Ustad Bismillah Khan Sahab and it was taken in Varanasi, when I asked Rakesh the store owner he told me that Ustadji's house was not very far away in Dal Mandi.

I had to go and see where the maestro lived and mastered his art.

In the first picture is his son reading the Koran.

Holi - Varanasi.

"Aabe oh! Bhosadik!" - I turn back to see this man painted in silver smiling at me. He continues "Bura na mano holi hai"

(Click on the picture to see it at a good enough resolution)