On Thursday, one of the great musicians of our time died. No, I am not thinking of Michael Jackson.
I am thinking of the amazing Ali Akbar Khan, who I was fortunate enough to see many, many times, who was named as a “national treasure” by the Indian government. He was a great classical North Indian composer and performer. He was the leading virtuoso of the lutelike sarod, and he often performed together with his brother Ravi Shankar.
Here is a brief obituary.
Here are links to some albums:
This is a man who touched my soul and intellect through his music. I am sorry he is gone, but happy that we have such a rich legacy of memories and recordings.
Correction: Khan died Thursday – last week (June 18)