Bismillah Khan

The Shahnai of Ustad Bismillah Khan

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Twentieth-century instrumental innovation in Indian classical music is not confined to imported equipment. The double-reed shahnai was a folk instrument for centuries before Bishmillah Khan brought it into the classical canon. In the 1987 Esperance recording, made in Paris, Khan plays Rag Alhaiya Bilaval, Rag Guri Todi and Rag Bhairavi.