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Indian Famous Sarod Players Ali Akbar Khan Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (b.1922), popularly known as the "Indian Johann Sebastian Bach", is considered a "National Living Treasure" in India. He is one of the greatest Sarod players of all times. He is also adept in other instruments like the Pakhawaj and Tabla. He also mastered different forms of music like dhrupad, dhammar and khayal from his father Ustad Allauddin Khan. Ali Akbar Khan gave his first public performance in Allahabad at age thirteen. In his early twenties, he became the court musician for the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Since his father's death in 1972, He has continued his father's tradition, that of the Baba Allauddin Seni Gharana of Maihar in Central India. He has composed music for the Bengali films Kshudhito Pashan and Devi and for the Hindi film Andhiyan. A devoted musician, his aim has been to promote better understanding of Indian music in the Western world. He performed an unprecedented concert at the Museum of Modern Art in New York way back in 1955. Since then, he has continued to tour extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe, The Netherlands, Australia, Canada, and the United States. In order to popularize Indian classical music, Ali Akbar founded colleges to teach Indian music in Japan, Canada and the US. He also established a College of Music in Calcutta in 1956. He is credited with the introduction of five new ragas, Chandranandan, Gauri-Manjari, Lajwanti, Mishra-Shivaranjani and Hem-Hindol.


Ali Akbar Khan is the recipient of several awards which include the President of India award (1963), Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibushan (1988), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1963), Sangeet Natak fellowship (1992) and the Kalidas Samman (1991). He is also conferred with an honorary Doctorate Degree in Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, in Valencia, CA. He has also received the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoree causa, from the Rabindra Bharati University in Calcutta. In June of 1991, Ali Akbar Khan became the first Indian musician to be awarded the most prestigious Macarthur Foundation Fellowship in recognition of his excellent work in the field of creating, cultivating and transmitting the highly complex musical tradition of Northern India. He has received four Grammy Award nominations: in 1970 for Shree Rag, in 1983 for Misra Piloo, in 1996 for Then and Now, and recently in 1997 for Legacy.

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