A chance to go back into history and see glimpses of India’s national treasures, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
Our sages developed music from time immemorial for the mind to take shelter in that pure being which stands apart as one’s true self. Real music is not for wealth, not for honours, or not even for the joys of the mind – it is one kind of yoga, a path for realisations and salvation to purify your mind and heart and give you longevity.
Ali Akbar Khan (1922 - 2009)
An in-conversation with sarod artist, Alam Khan, who brings gems from the archives of the famous Ali Akbar College of Music (AACM) near San Francisco, established by his father, the legend Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in 1967. Ali Akbar Khan’s father, the late Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan, is acknowledged as one of the greatest figures in North Indian music of the 20th century. Their family traces its gharana (ancestral school of music) from Mian Tansen, a 16th Century musical genius and court musician of Emperor Akbar, to Mohammed Wazir Khan, court musician of Rampur State and Baba Allauddin Khan’s guru.
Alam continues to follow his father's wishes as a teacher of advanced instrumental and vocal classes at the Ali Akbar College of Music and has dedicated his life to preserving, performing and teaching this music to the world.
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