Awards and recognition came thick and fast. Bismillah Khan became the first Indian to be invited to perform at the prestigious Lincoln Centre Hall in the United States of America. He also took part in the World Exposition in Montreal, in the Cannes Art Festival and in the Osaka Trade Fair. So well known did he become internationally that an auditorium in Teheran was named after him — Tahar Mosiquee Ustaad Bismillah Khan.
National awards like the Padmashri, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan were conferred on him.
In 2001, Ustad Bismillah Khan was awarded India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. With the coveted award resting on his chest and his eyes glinting with rare happiness he said, “All I would like to say is: Teach your children music, this is Hindustan’s richest tradition; even the West is now coming to learn our music.’’
Bismillah Khan received awards and recognition at a rapid rate with growing numbers. He was known internationally. He was given the following National Awards.
- Padmashri award
- Padma Bhushan award
- Padma Vibhushan award
Other prominent recognitions were:
- He was the first Indian to perform at the prestigious Lincoln Centre Hall in the USA.
- He participated in the World Exposition in Montreal.
- He participated in the Cannes Art Festival.
- He participated in the Osaka Trade Fair.
- An auditorium in Teheran was named after him, Tahar Mosiquee Ustaad Bismillah Khan.
Ustad Bismillah Khan received the nation's highest civilian award, the much desired Bharat Ratna in \(2001\). He held the award on his chest and his eyes were flashing with happiness, which was not a sight one can often see. He advised people to teach their children music, music being India's most important and valued tradition; he also said that Westerners were coming to India to learn our music.
Meanings of difficult words:
|conferred||given, usually an award or a degree|
|thick and fast||rapidly and in great numbers|
|glinting||flashing or shining|
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2006). Beehive. The Shehnai of Bismillah Khan (pp. 21-29). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.