Sangeet Natak Akademi selects 102 artists of India for the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the years 2019, 2020 & 2021.


About the award

  • The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, given to artists below the age of 40 years, was introduced with the objective of identifying and encouraging outstanding young talents in diverse fields of performing arts and giving them national recognition early in their life.
  • The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar carries a purse money of Rs. 25,000/-


About ‘Ustad Bismillah Khan’

  • The legendary shehnai player, Ustad Bismillah Khan was one of India’s most celebrated classical musicians.
  • Bismillah Khan has been credited with taking the shehnai from the marriage mandap to the concert hall. He brought Shehnai to the center stage of Indian classical music with his concert in the Calcutta All India Music Conference in 1937.
  • He was a recipient of many honors and awards. These include: Padma Vibhushan (1980), Padma Bhushan (1968), Padma Shri (1961), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1956) etc.
  • In 2001, Ustad Bismillah Khan became the third classical musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.