Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar

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Recently, the Union Minister for Culture presented the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar (UBKYP) at Meghdoot Theatre Complex, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi.

About Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva puraskar:

  • The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, given to artists up to the age of 40 years, was introduced in the year 2006.
  • It is presented annually to artists who have demonstrated conspicuous talent in the fields of music, dance and drama.
  • The award is presented by Sangeet Natak Akademi.
  • It carries award money of Rs 25,000/- an Angavastram and a plaque.
  • Nodal Ministry: Minister of Culture.

Who was Ustad Bismillah Khan?

  • He was a famous Shehnai musician.
  • It was Ustad ‘Bismillah” Khan who also played at the first Republic Day celebration in 1950.
  • Bismillah Khan was the first Indian to be invited to perform at the prestigious Lincoln Centre Hall in the United States of America.

Key facts about the Sangeet Natak Akademi

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi is India’s national academy of music, dance and drama.
  • It was created by a resolution of the Ministry of Education, with Dr P.V. Rajamannar as its first Chairman.
  • Presently it is an Autonomous Body of the Ministry of Culture and is fully funded by the Government for the implementation of its schemes and programmes.


Q1) What is a Shehnai’?

Shehnai’ is a musical instrument that originated from the Indian subcontinent. It is made out of wood, with a double reed at one end and a metal or wooden flared bell at the other end.

Source: Shri G. Kishan Reddy presents Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2019, 2020 and 2021 to102 artists (including three joint awards) of India who has made a mark as young talents in their respective fields of performing arts