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Maestro of maestros

DNMUM433181 | 3/10/2019 | Author : Yogesh Pawar | WC :788

One of the tallest music personalities, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan recently turned 88. Yogesh Pawar met him to discuss his musical journey, his just released autobiography and his legacy...

The brightly lit room in Bandra’s tony Carter Road neighbourhood is done in cream and maroon. On the wall, citations for the three top Padma awards jostle for space with Sangeet Natak Akademi awards among others and photographs of Presidents Giani Zail Singh, R Venkatarman, APJ Abdul Kalam and Ram Nath Kovind with the illustrious man we are meeting.
The almost-nonagenarian Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan saab smiles humbly as he walks in, in a pearl white sherwani. We ask about the awards, particularly how some have come after several rank juniors but he brushes it off. “Isn’t it enough you feel bad about this slight? I feel honoured people think of me so fondly,” he says and adds, “Nothing can happen without divine intervention. M
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