Khan, Ali Akbar (Sarod)

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan plays Alap - Ragas Shri, Pilu Baroowa, Iman Kalyan

Sarod Solo without Tabla, recorded in 1992.

ID: AMMP 9303

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Ali Akbar Khan (1922 - 2009) was the most influential sarod player in the 2nd half of the 20th century. He was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer (often in conjunction with Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar), and as a teacher. He established a music school in Calcutta in 1956, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1967, which is now located in San Rafael, California and has a branch in Basel, Switzerland. Ali Akbar Khan also composed several classical ragas and film scores.

Trained as a musician and instrumentalist by his father, Allauddin Khan, Khan first came to America in 1955 on the invitation of violinist Yehudi Menuhin and later settled in California. Khan was nominated for five Grammy Awards and was accorded India's second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan, in 1989. He has also won a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts's National Heritage Fellowship.