Bismillah of Benaras
Date: 15th November 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Director: Nasreen Munni Kabir
Language: Hindi with English subtitles
Run time: 50 Mins
Venue: Rathmines Public Library
Bismillah of Beneras – Nasreen Munni Kabir’s documentary focuses on the work and unique personality of acclaimed classical musician Bismillah Khan (1916 – 2006). Filmed in Khan’s home in Benaras the documentary features in-depth interviews and concert footage, portraying Bismillah Khan as he looks back at his amazing career with humour, humility and spirituality. The director charts Bismillah Khan’s life from his formative years to his status as one of the most highly regarded classical performers in India, credited with elevating the status of the shehnai, a folk Asian wind instrument. With contributions from eminent musicologists, this fascinating profile provides an insightful look at a remarkable man of faith and music.