Ustad Bahadur Khan, a Bengali, was born on January 19, 1931 in Shibpur, Comilla, Bangladesh, (then British India), and died on October 3, 1989 in Calcutta, India. He was the son of famous Indian classical musician Ustad Ayet Ali Khan, nephew of the Sarode legend Ustad Alauddin Khan, cousin of Sarode player Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Surbahar player Shrimati Annapurna Devi, and former cousin-in-law of Sitar legend Pandit Ravi Shankar. Ustad Bahadur Khan learnt playing Sarode initially from his father Ustad Ayet Ali Khan in Bangladesh, and then from his uncle Ustad Alauddin Khan in Maihar, before he finally settled in Calcutta. He also practiced vocal music and earned many gold medals for his performances. He was later guided in Sarode by his senior cousins Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Shrimati Annapurna Devi for a long time. Ustad Bahadur Khan was one of the three celebrated musician sons of the great maestro Ustad Ayet Ali Khan.His two other brothers, Ustad Abed Hossain Khan and Ustad Mobarak Hossain Khan were famous Sarode and Sitar maestros based in Bangladesh, and were the highest civilian honour recipients from the Government of Bangladesh for their contributions to classical music. Bahadur Khan was the teacher of Sarode maestroes like Kalyan Mukherjee and Tejendra Narayan Majumdar. Music and accomplishments His special contribution to Indian classical music, that he could wonderfully combine folk music elements with that of the classical music, made a unique niche for himself among fellow musicians. Ustad Bahadur Khan was a regular performer at the All India Radio, Radio Pakistan, and Radio Bangladesh. He composed and directed music for many films of the legendary Indian filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak. He received the best music director award for Ritwik Ghatak's film Subarnarekha (The Golden Line). Other films that brought out his musical virtuosity into celluloid were Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-clapped Star), Komal Gandhar (E Flat), Jukti Takko Aar Gappo (Reason, Debate and A Story), Titash Ekti Nadir Naam (A River Named Titash), Nagarik (The Citizen), Shwet Mayur (White Peacock), Yekhane Dariye (Where I Am Standing), Trisandhyay (Three Twilights), Notun Pata (New Leaf), Garam Hawa (Hot Winds), and Ajantrik (The Unmechanical) to name a few. He also directed music on documentaries on Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore and painter Jamini Roy, and was also a highly esteemed figure in the Indian film-music industries of Bombay and Calcutta. He has extensively traveled Europe, Asia, and North America to perform Sarode recitals; and was an honorary delegate of India to the former USSR and China. Teaching Ustad Bahadur Khan was a highly sought-after musical guru, and a faculty member at the Ali Akbar College of Music, in California,USA, where he taught Indian classical music, Faculty, Ali Akbar College of Music, California, U.S.A. Pandit Shankar Ghosh, the extremely innovative and eclectic disciple of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, the legendary teacher, musicologist and exponent of the Farrukhabad tabla gharana, had regularly toured with and accompanied a veritable 'Who's Who' list of musicians.