Internet Search Giant Google, honored Ustad Alla Rakha, on his 95th Birthday, (Tuesday April 29th, 2014) Reminding its Viewers, Surfers and Frequent Searchers about the “Tabla Legend” with a Doodle, where it Can be Seen that the Two “O” have been Replaced by the ‘Tablas’ and Ustad Alla Rakha is Shown, Playing those tablas.

Ustad Alla Rakha was born on April 29th, 1919 in Phagwal, Jammu. His full name is Qureshi Alla Rakha Khan, He left home, at the age of 12, to learn the tabla, and in 1936 he joined All India Radio in Lahore (now in Pakistan) and, in 1938 he was transferred to Bombay. After a few years of radio, he joined films as a music composer in 1943.

Ustad Alla Rakhas 95th birthday (april 29, 2014) Google Doodle

Ustad Alla Rakhas 95th birthday (april 29, 2014) Google Doodle

Ustad Alla Rakha has played as an accompanist, for soloists like Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Allauddin Khan, Vilayat Khan, Vasant Rai, Ali Akbar Khan and most notably, Ravi Shankar who was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century.

Ustad Alla Rakha became a Guru (teacher) to many namely, Sankha Chatterjee, Yogesh Samsi, Prafulla Athalye, Aditya Kalyanpur, Anuradha Pal, Nishikant Barodekar, Uday Ramdas, Shyam Kane, and his sons Taufiq Qureshi and Fazal Qureshi. His eldest son, Zakir Hussain is also an accomplished tabla Maestro.

In 1985, he founded the Ustad Alla Rakha Institute of Music to train young tabla players in the tradition of the Punjab Gharana.

Ustad Alla Rakha Khan was awarded the Padma Shri in 1977, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1982.

Ustad Alla Rakha ended his Journey of Life, on 3rd February, 2000, at his residence on Napean Sea Road, following a heart attack.

Concluding this Article we would Like to Salute Google for its Doodle Concept which has Given Required Fame and Exposure to all those Deserving People who Have made a Place in the Society, influencing and Inspiring the People.

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