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Kolkata Trolled for Lakshmi puja pictures, Ali Akbar’s grandson hits back

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Sarod player Shiraz Ali Khan, who is the grandson of legendary musician Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, shut up trolls who took a dig at him for posting photos of Lakshmi Puja celebrations at his residence. Shiraz had married Atrayee Sengupta in January 2020. This is the first year that Atrayee celebrated Lakshmi Puja at their Ranikuthi residence.
Atrayee told TOI that she had grown up watching her mother offer prayers to goddess Lakshmi. “I am so happy that Shiraz supported me when I expressed a desire to do this puja. We want our child to grow up in an environment where he respects all religions,” she said.Though many appreciated the puja photo Shiraz clicked and shared as his Facebook story, trolls jumped into the fray. “I was very upset and disappointed to find a family friend from Bangladesh laughing at my gesture. I do not support such behavior and that’s why I wrote a post stating that anyone, who believes that it is important to react similarly to stand by a community, should unfriend me and never try to connect with me or my family in future,” Shiraz told TOI.

Condemning the incidents of violence in Bangladesh, the great grandson of Baba Allauddin Khan pointed out that it is “significant” that this Lakshmi Puja was held just days after that incident.

The young sarod player specially mentions the influence of his grandmother — Zubeida Khan — who taught him to respect all religions. “She was the first lady to introduce me to the worship of Hindu god and goddesses, including Maa Saraswati and Maa Kali. Though my great grandfather was a practicing Muslim who would offer namaz five times a day, he also worshipped Maa Sarada in Maihar. I was brought up by my grandmother who was inspired by this thought. Thereafter, my aunt Ameena Perera, my uncle Ustad Aashish Khan, my elder sister Sahana Gupta and my mother Ayesha Khan made me realise the importance of all religions. My schooling at Patha Bhavan also played an important role in inculcating this thought,” Shiraz said.Appreciating Shiraz’s post, Ustad Aashish Khan said the family believes in the philosophy of Baba Allauddin Khan for whom every religion was equal. “Our only religion is music and we worship every god and goddess,” the senior sarod maestro wrote on Facebook.

Source: Times of India

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