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Ali Akbar Khan Dead: Sarod Maestro Ali Akbar Khan Passed Away

Sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan passed away in San Francisco at 1000 am(IST) reports Rediff

Ali Akbar Khan was a maestro in Sarod who made the first Western LP recording of Indian classical music, and the first television performance of Indian music, on Allistair Cooke's Omnibus, sowing the seed for the wave of popularity of Indian music in the 1960's.

He founded the Ali Akbar College of Music in Calcutta, India, in 1956. Later, recognizing the extraordinary interest and abilities of his Western students, he began teaching in America in 1965.

He has composed music for several films in India namely "Aandhiyan" by Chetan Anand (1953) "House Holder" by Ivory/Merchant, "Khudita Pashan" , "Devi" by Satyajit Ray, and, in America, "Little Buddha" by Bernardo Bertolucci.

Khan has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1989. He has also received several Grammy Nominations.

(With Inputs from the official website of Ali Akbar Khan ammp.com)

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