Ustad Bismillah Khan’s five silver shehnais stolen from his son’s home

Five of Ustad Bismillah Khan's shehnais, four of which were made of silver, have been stolen from his son Kazim Hussain's home in Varanasi.

Ustad Bismillah Khan’s five silver shehnais stolen from his son’s home

Five of Ustad Bismillah Khan's shehnais, four of which were made of silver, have been stolen from his son Kazim Hussain's home in Varanasi.

Mementos and gifts of late maestro are also missing from the residence which was locked for a few days, reported Hindustan Times.

"We lodged an FIR last evening after we discovered the theft in our new home in Dalmandi area. The stuff that was stolen included four silver shehnais, one made of wood and silver, Inayat Khan award and two gold bangles," Bismillah Khan's grandson Kazim Hussain told media agencies.



The family had recently shifted to Dalmandi area and the theft happened when they were visiting their ancestral place in Sarai Harha.

"We recently shifted to Dalmandi. We had gone to our ancestral house in Sarai Harha. When we returned to our new house, we found that the door was open and someone had broken the lock of the trunk," said Hussain.


He said that the family is upset as the shehnais were very special to the late musician and were gifted to him by former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, Kapil Sibbal and Lalu Prasad Yadav.

"One of the shehnais was very precious to him as he played it during the Muharram procession every year. None of his shehnais are left with us except for the wooden one that he played to practice,” Hussain said.

The Bharat Ratna awardee's family has been demanding for a museum to preserve his memorabilia since his death in 2006.