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Even the heavens have wept: Bismillah Khan

Sharat Pradhan in Varanasi | March 12, 2006 01:29 IST

World-renowned shehnai maestro Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan had done a lot of his practice at the 400-year-old Sankat Mochan temple that became the target of Tuesday's twin blasts, which left 20 dead and over 100 injured.

With Varanasi swinging back to normal within 24 hours of the blasts - temples reverberating with the dangling of bells in the same pitch as the echoing 'azan' for Friday prayers from mosques, Bismillah Khan has a reason to smile.

Several big and small social organizations including the powerful student lobby of Benaras Hindu University have not only unequivocally condemned the incident but also demonstrated their assertion for peace and harmony through peace marches in different parts of the city.

Perched on the second floor terrace of his ancestral home in a crowded Varanasi locality, Bismillah Khan is happy that the miscreants have not succeeded in their ultimate design. He has also played several times outside Varanasi's most revered landmark - Kashi Vishwanath temple.

"I have played umpteen times and practiced for hours at the Sankat Mochan temple. It has a very special place for all who have some association with Varanasi," the octogenarian maestro said.

"Those behind the bombing were clearly aiming to disturb the communal harmony of this ancient city; but little did they realize that what they did was seen by all sections of society as an attack on humanity," he pointed out.

"Even the heavens have wept for what was done to vitiate the serenity of this city of Ganga," he remarked, while referring to the incessant showers that continued from morning until the afternoon in Varanasi.

"I am proud of this city, which is anointed by the holy Ganga waters, where there is no distinction between Hindus and Muslims", he said, adding, "For us here, there has always been one God – call Him Allah or Ishwar or Ram." 

Khan terms the attack as an 'obvious handiwork of anti-national and anti social element.' 

"The manner in which both Hindus and Muslims have stood together at this crucial juncture and have refused to fall into the trap of disruptive forces has once again shown that Varanasi will never allow such forces to ever succeed in their nefarious designs," he adds.

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Number of User Comments: 4

Sub: A loss for whole world

Only feelings here No words to discribe what we lost today,

Posted by Pavitra Oza

Sub: Varanasi will continue to remain a special place for many !

Millions and millions of human beings through their visits, prayers, hymns, mortification, sacrifices and emotional outpourings will continue enriching their lives at the Ganga-Varuna Sangam ...

Posted by Dr.Cajetan Coelho

Sub: 'Even the heavens have wept'

IT's more than 1000 yrs now and silence and bearing more will be called cowardness when we know the enemy from the last 1000 yrs ...

Posted by satyadhar joshi

Sub: Words can imagine

The words can't praise the composure kept by Varanasi residents.Thank god that this did not turn out to be an other Godhra. Being a true ...

Posted by Goutham



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