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Bismillah's 2nd son to carry on his legacy

Nayyar Hussain has been chosen as the rightful inheritor of his father's legacy.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 00:25 IST

Nayyar Hussain, the second of the five sons of shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan, has been chosen as the rightful inheritor of his father's legacy, the late musician's personal secretary S Javed Ahmed said on Wednesday.

Two days after the 91-year-old Bharat Ratna awardee's death, the family members sat together and decided to that 68-year-old Nayyar, himself a shehnai player, would be the successor of his father, he said.

Nayyar would also pay tributes to his father by fulfilling Bismillah Khan's last wish to perform at the India Gate, they said.

In a clear signal that the death of the shehnai maestro had brought the 60 members of the family close to each other, the siblings also decided to allocate various responsibilities among themselves under which the Ustad's third son Jamin Hussain would assist Nayyar in performing at various functions along with the youngest brother Nazim Hussain, a tabla player.

The maestro's fourth son Kazim Hussain would look after the financial responsibilities of the family, including handling of bank accounts of his father and other properties.

Javed Ahmad said he would retain his post under the new arrangements.

First Published: Aug 24, 2006 00:25 IST