Happy first day of Spring!
Meditation for the day:
Find a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Steady your breath. Ease your posture. Soften your ears. Listen to all available sounds around you. Allow them to move through you without naming them or judging them. Notice your physical, emotional, and psychological reaction to these sounds, without judgement. Listen for the quietest sound. Listen for the silence underneath wall sounds. Visualize the sound being born from this silence. Hear the silence (the source) and each of the sounds. Explore for as long as you have. Finish it off by chanting Aum 3 times.
Born in 1916, Khan hailed from a family of musicians. His ancestors were court musicians who used to play in Naqqar Khana (an orchestra pit in Mughal-era monuments) in the princely state of Bhojpur, Bihar. His father was a well-known shehnai player who performed in the court of Maharaja Keshav Prasad Singh of Dumraon Estate, Bihar.
At the age of six, he moved to Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi, where he received his formal training under his uncle, Ali Bux 'Vilayatu', a shehnai player attached to Vishwanath Temple.
He performed at the Red Fort on India's Independence Day and also on the first Republic Day ceremony on January 26, 1950.
Since then he was part of every Independence Day ceremony and his performance was shown on national television immediately after the Prime Minister's address to the nation.
Initially, Khan turned down numerous invitations to perform outside India, owing to his fear of flying.