World music day is celebrated on 21st June every year, it was founded by Jack Lang and Maurice Fleuret in 1982. On this day the beauty of music is celebrated by organizing free music events to make it accessible to a large audience. It started in Paris but rapidly reached to the rest of the world because music knows no language, it's universal.
Ever wondered how monotonous our lives would have been without music? Music lights up our souls and adds happiness to our lives.
And for this gift of true bliss, I'm going to thank 6 great musicians of India who have contributed to making the Indian music world famous.
India's most esteem sitar player, Ravi Shankar was titled, sitar maestro. He won several prestigious awards like Padma Bhushan, Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and more.
He made a major contribution in popularizing Indian classical music in the west through his association with The Beatles.
The most famous tabla player in India, Zakir Hussain is a Tabla virtuoso, composer and music producer. He won numerous prestigious awards namely Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Grammy award for best contemporary world music, Kalidas Samman for classical music and more.
Born to a legendary tabla player, Ustad Allah Rakha, he definitely inherited the love for music.
One of the nine jewels in the court of the Emperor Akbar, Miyan Tansen is regarded as the greatest musician that India has ever produced. He played a vital role in the creation of North Indian music.
Ustad Bismillah Khan
The master of Shehnai, Ustad Bismillah Khan was the one who made the instrument famous through his music. The awards he won includes - Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Shri, Bharat Ratna and many more.
He played in National events, such as the first Independence Day and the first Republic Day of the country.
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
The great santoor player, pandit Shivkumar Sharma has made the instrument famous through his art. He has made a mark in the world of popular film music.
He is the recipient of various honorable national and international awards which includes Padma Shree, Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Natak Akedmi Award to name a few. He is in this profession since 1955 and as largely contributed to Indian cinema by providing brilliant compositions.
Popularly known as AR Rahman is a Musician, music director, composer, and singer. He is bestowed with 2 Grammy Awards, 2 Academic Awards, a BAFTA award, a Golden Globe Award, Padma Bhushan and the third highest civilian award, in 2010 by the Indian government.He plays guitar, drums, piano continuum fingerboard.
He is a composer and singer of various songs in Indian cinema, he began his career in 1990's with a Tamil movie.