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Ali Akbar Khan

  • Indian musician
  • Born April 14, 1922

Ali Akbar Khan (14 April 1922–18 June 2009) was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Trained as a classical musician and instrumentalist by his father, Allauddin Khan, Khan also composed several classical ragas and film scores. He established a music school in Calcutta in 1956, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1967, which moved with him to the USA and is now based in San Rafael, California, with a branch in Basel, Switzerland. Khan was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer and as a teacher.


Singing instrumental music is most important because, while you play an instrument, you are singing through the instrument... actually, you are singing inside.




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



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