Google Doodle celebrates Ustad Alla Rakha Khan’s 95th birthday


Google’ new doodle showcases an old man playing Tabla with his hands resting on two O’s depicting the mid characters of Google itself. This new creativity by Google team marks the celebration of famous Indian tabla player, Ustad Alla Rakha Khan, on his 95th birth anniversary.

On clicking the doodle, one is redirected to a page showing wiki pages and other search items for the Ustad.

Alla Rakha was born in Kundapur, Karnataka on 29th April, 1919. He was married to Bavi Begum, and had three sons, Zakir Hussain, Fazal Qureshi and Taufiq Qureshi, a daughter Khurshid Aulia née Qureshi, and nine grandchildren.  Zakir Hussain is also an accomplished tabla virtuoso.

Ustad Alla Rakha Khan was awarded the Padma Shri in 1977 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1982. Also, Hart, a published authority on percussion in world music, said “Alla Rakha is the Einstein, the Picasso; he is the highest form of rhythmic development on this planet.”

He died with a severe heart attack on 3 February 2000.

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