Charles Amirkhanian Collection ➔ Speaking of Music: Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, 1 of 2

Digital Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
C Amirkhanian
Program Series
Speaking of Music
Program Length
149 min
1 of 2
| broadcast
| 1992-05-19 | created
Recorded on May 19, 1992, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews the famous classical Indian musician, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Born to a family of musicians in Bangladesh in 1922, Khan began performing when he was three years old, and by his twenties he had become the court musician to the Maharaja of Jodhpur, in Rajasthan, India. In 1956 he formed the Ali Akbar College of Music in Calcutta (Kolkata), India. In 1967, recognizing the expanding interest in Indian music in the West he opened up a branch of his College in Northern California. Topics covered in this interview include the various instruments of classical Indian music, the sarod, tabla, and tambura, as well as the typical forms such as the Raga. The last hour of the program is devoted to a live concert of classical Indian music.
World music
Musical Selections
[an evening raga] -- [unidentified raga] -- Anticipation / Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, sarod
Swapan Chaudhuri, tabla
James Pomerantz, tambura
Allyn Miner, tambura
World music
Music -- India
Sarod, tabla, and tambura music
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.