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Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan – one of the veterans and maestros of shehnai– an instrument which is a very integral part of Indian Classical musical culture. The importance of shehnai cannot be overlooked. This instrument is played at every joyous occasion be it marriage, puja or a musical conference. Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan has been instrumental in taking the Indian classical musical culture to various international destinations. He has enhanced the pride of India.

He has applied his unique and innovative style and literally reinvented the form of shehnai by way of its application in gayki, sur meend, pukaar, tantkari, baat ki taan,sapat ki taan and joud and jhala .

He has played many a ragas which are traditionally not played by this instrument.

Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan,Son of Late Ustad Ali Jan Khan of Allahabad is the acknowledged premier Shehnai specialist of Eastern India was born in Kolkata on 21st March,1939.His Grandfather the late Ustad Wazir Ali Khan of Benaras Gharana was an eminent musician who was the first Indian to demonstrate Indian Classical Music on Shahnai in London and was awarded in 1910 by Pandit Motilal Nehru.He received his training from his maternal uncle Late Ustad Nazir Hussain Khan & his paternal uncle Late Ustad Imdad Hussain Khan Of Benaras Gharana.He also took training from Late Pandit Tansen Pandey in vocal under Saini Gharana.

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