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Ali Akbar Khan


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Ali Akbar Khan, often referred to as Khansahib or by the title Ustad, was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Khan was instrumental in popularising Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer, 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. Khan also composed several classical ragas and film scores. He was a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • also known as Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar; Khan, Ali Akbar; Ustad Ali Akbar Khan; Khansahib; Ustad; Ostad Ali Akbar Khan
  • born on (93 years ago) in Comilla, child of Allauddin Khan and Madina Begum
  • ethnicity: Bangladeshi American
  • nationality: United States of America, India, Bangladesh
  • profession: Classical indian music performer, composer, musician, film score composer
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  • died on (6 years ago) in San Anselmo of renal failure
  • genres: North Indian Classical, Hindustani classical music, Indian classical music, Film score
  • albums: "Journey", "Legacy", "Swara Samrat", "Artistic Sound Of Sarod", "Passing on the Tradition", "Plays Alap: A Sarod Solo" (disc 2), "Traditional Music of India", "The 80 Minute Raga", "Then and Now: The Music of the Great Master Continues", "AIR, Volume 1", "All India Radio, Volume 3", "Rare Ragas", "Signature Series, Volume 2", "Signature Series Vol 4", "The Forty Minute Raga: Raga Marwa", "Ali Akbar Khan Unknown Album", "AMMP Signature Series, Volume 3", "Duet", "From India", "Ragas", "Flowers of Evil (Les fleurs de mal)", "The Greatest Hits Of", "The Master Musicians of India", "The Great Heritage - Ustad Ali Akbar Khan", "The Soul of Indian Music", "Music of India, Morning and Evening Rāgas", "A Flavor of India", "Sarod", "Two Originals: Karuna Supreme & Rainbow", "Signature Series 4", "Indian Architexture", "Shree / Sindhu Bhairavi"
  • award: - MacArthur Fellowship - "Music"
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Google previewMulticultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans [4 volumes] (2011)

by Ronald H. Bayor

Ali Akbar Khan (d. 2009), master of the sarod, founded the Ali Akbar College of Music, which became a northern California Bay Area institution. Claiming descent from the lineage founded by Tansen, the renowned court musician of the Mughal ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Pakistan (2015)

by Shahid Javed Burki

Lieutenant Generals Saeed Qadir and Zahid Ali Akbar Khan and Admiral Khalid Janjua belong to this category. Saeed Qadir and Khalid Janjua were appointed cabinet ministers by President Zia ul-Haq and were made responsible for the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Indian Cinema (2014)

by Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Paul Willemen

sc Jyotirmoy Roy lyr Manabendra Mukherjee m Ali Akbar Khan lp Chhabi Biswas,Dhiraj Bhattacharya, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (2013)

by Steve Sullivan

Ali Akbar Khan From the Angel album Music of India: Morning and Evening Ragas, recorded in April 1955 Declared “the greatest musician in the world” by violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan was ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Music (2005)

Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan started a new era in the history of Classical music. Indian concert stages, so far dominated by only soloists, assumed a new colour and dimension when the ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008 (2013)

by Lawrence Goldman

Those who performed included Hindustani maestros of the calibre of the vocalist Salamat Ali Khan, the sarodist Ali Akbar Khan, the tabla player Alla Rakha, and the sitarist Ravi Shankar. Indeed such was McEwen's role in this promulgation ...

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Real music is not for wealth, not for honours or even the joys of the mind... but as a path for realisation and salvation. (Ali Akbar Khan)
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