By Daniel Paul On this day 100 years ago, the Emperor of Melody (Swar Samrat), Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, graced us with his presence on this beautiful but troubled Earth. This humble and unassuming man bridged the distance between the wondrous musical mathematics of our universe, and the totality of emotion and beauty that the human heart can bear. May we all get to sit again at his feet, in the great here-after! […]
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By Simmy Makhijani Within weeks of moving to San Francisco from the East Coast, I met by happenstance several of Khansahib’s students and next thing I knew I was standing on line at the Ali Akbar College of Music registering for a vocal class, despite not being a singer! During the span of about ten years, I would continue, though less and less as I got buried in a PhD and the co-founding of a youth music and arts center in Oakland. Yet still, whenever I would see Khansahib he would encourage me – “even if you don’t have time to practice, keep coming to class.” […]
By Tracy Verma Happy 100th Birthday to beloved Khansahib, Baba Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. My life totally changed the night he performed in Burlington, VT on October 12, 1977. Little did I know that I’d meet my future husband, Roop Verma, who came to town to see Khansahib perform before Roop started his own tour. Roop stayed in my landlord’s guest room for artists, as he had a non profit performing arts center called Mountain Greenery. I missed the concert studying for a thermodynamics exam. But I knew the moment I met Roop, that I would marry him someday. […]
By Michael Luchessa Humbly touching your feet receiving your blessing. Deepening divine devotion. Sweet water rippling, fire crackling extending music to infinity. Thank you for your multi-generational motivation. Happy Birthday Khansahib. Love, Michael
By Kate Curnow I am so happy to have this opportunity to offer tribute to Khansahib, who so powerfully influenced my life. Meeting Baba changed the course of my life, and I cherish each of my many memories with this remarkable human being. Like so many others, I have a plethora of wonderful stories of my experiences with Khansahib. I’ve chosen to share a story which to me demonstrates the complexity, magnanimity & beauty of this phenomenal man. […]
By Arjun Verma Maestro Ali Akbar Khan is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists in human history. Not only was he a supreme master of his craft, but he also revealed and opened doors to new universes of expression and emotional experience in music. To have been born in the same century and to have heard his music is extremely good fortune; to have learned with him personally is nothing short of a miracle. […]
By Tamarind Free Jones Happy 100th Birthday. Remembering you today, and always, with deepest love, gratitude and respect—for your love and dedication to the music you brought to the world, your students, and to the preservation of this great tradition, for all time, through your library and the Ali Akbar College Of Music. […]
By Prabha and Thomas Baba: A hundred years, 200 years, 300 years It does not matter, Baba is beyond time. He came from the Beyond. […]
By Prosenjit Ghosh Banani Ghosh, with true pedigree and authenticity, is a name synonymous with Tagore. She is the only artist from India to promote and propagate the genius of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore to the North American audience, and hence has been regarded as the Musical Ambassador for Rabindrasangeet [songs from Rabindranath Tagore]. […]