Saturday, July 4, 2009

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Remembering Sarod Master Ali Akbar Khan

Ali Akbar Khan, the world's foremost virtuoso of the 25-string sarod, died at 87 on June 19. Along with Ravi Shankar, Khan brought Indian classical music to the West. Violinist Yehudi Menhuin, who took him to U.S. in 1955 for a concert at New York's Museum of Modern Art, hailed him as "an absolute genius." Khan performed at the Concert for Bangladesh benefit at Madison Square in 1971, organized by George Harrison; participants also included Shankar, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. He lived in San Anselmo, California, and founded a college of Indian classical music in San Rafael. Enjoy the beauty of Khan's performance of "A Lover's Melody":


Media Mentions said...

If you'd like to see, here is a short article also written in remembrance of Ali.

Best wishes,

Jeff Tone said...

Thanks for the additional resource.