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LATE USTAD BADE GHULAM ALI KHAN

The pioneer of Patiala Gharana Late Ustad ji was a regular instrument seeker in the Rikhi Ram shop in Lahore. Ustadji’s requirement of a Harmonium, Swarmandal and Tanpura was only fulfilled by Late Pt. Rikhi Ram and son Bishan Dass. In 1962 Ustad ji asked Bishan Dassji to make a special Swarmandal for him. After a few weeks Bishan Dass ji presented a beautifully crafted Swarmandal of 36 strings which could be tuned with the help of individual beads attached to the individual strings, which was highly appreciated and till his last years Ustadji played the same Swarmandal in his immortal music.