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UP announces award in memory of Bismillah

The Uttar Pradesh CM said the new sangeet academy would be set up at a cost of Rs one crore.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2006 13:53 IST

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday announced to set up a sangeet academy in memory of shehnai maestro and Bharat Ratna awardee Ustad Bismillah Khan who died early on Monday at Varanasi.

The state government also announced to constitute a Rs 5 lakh 'Sangeet Award' in the name of the shehnai exponent. The CM said the new sangeet academy would be set up at a cost of Rs one crore.

Expressing his condolence in the State Assembly on the opening day of the Monsoon Session, Yadav said the Ustad was a symbol of the country's unity and intregrity.

"We have lost a great exponent of rare music and a person who worked as a bond for the country's culture and traditions," he said.

The CM also reminded the House of the Ustad's shehnai recital at the Red Fort on August 15, 1947, when the country became independent.

Leader of the opposition Lalji Tandon (BJP) said he was the country's secular ambassador in the world and his absence cannot be replaced.

BSP legislature party leader Swami Prasad Maurya said Bismillah Khan created brotherhood through his music. Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari termed it was an end of an era.

Harish Chandra Srivastava and Shyamdeo Rai Chowdhury (both BJP), representing Varanasi along with other leaders, also expressed their condolences on the death of Bismillah Khan.

Later, the house observed a two-minutes silence. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey said the condolence messages of the MLAs would be sent to the family of the Ustad.

Earlier, UP government had announced a state mourning on the death of Bismillah Khan. Schools and government offices would remain closed on Monday as a mark of respect for the departed soul.

First Published: Aug 21, 2006 13:53 IST