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!  

Ali Akbar Khan in BostonPhoto by Daniel Paul Karp from 1976 Boston MIT concert, backstage.