|Ustad Bismillah Khan Sahib|
• Born : 21st March, 1916
• Birth Place : Dumraon, Bihar, India
- A legendary Shehnai Maestro.
- Poured his heart out into Ragh Kafi from Red Fort on the eve of India's First Republic Day Ceremony.
- Sees divine unity between music and his religion.
- Is a staunch devotee of Hindu Goddess Saraswati even though he is a devout Shia Muslim.
- Is honoured with doctorate by Benares Hindu University and Shanti Niketan.
- Has been bequeathed with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1956 and The Tansen Award of Madhya Pradesh Government.
- Has played in UK, USA, Europe and many countries of the world.
- Received Padma Shri in 1961, Padma Bhushan in 1968 & Padma Vibhushan in 1980.
- Has been awarded Bharat Ratna in 2001.