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Ali Akbar Khan is an unquestioned master of the sarod, and he demonstrates his mastery of both the instrument and the Indian classical form on "Raga Madhuvatni," a piece that demands a great maturity from the performer. His alaap develops beautifully but in a straightforward manner, with an innate logic but absolute beauty before moving into the jor and jhala. But it's in the epic movement of "Gat in Slow Teentaal" that his artistry becomes marvelously transparent, letting the raga breathe, and making the music transparent with some playing that seems little short of inspired. Kudos too to the accompaniment from Swapan Choudhuri on tablas, who seems to share a telepathic communication with the master, and takes advantage of his short times at the center of the sound. For those not attuned to it, Indian classical music can be very difficult — there's no doubt about that — but albums like this, gorgeous and expansive, are the way to make converts. A masterpiece.


Born: 14 April 1922 in Shivpur, Bangladesh

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The son of influential Hindustani musician Allaudin Khan, Ali Akbar Khan was one of the Eastern world's greatest musicians. A master of the sarod, a 25-stringed, lute-like, Indian instrument, Khan brought the Northern Indian classical music to the international stage. A five-time Grammy nominee, Khan was called, by Yehudi Menuhin, "an absolute genius, the greatest musician in the world." Tracing his ancestral roots to Mian Tansen, a 16th century musician in the court of Emperor Akbar, Khan began...
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Peerless, Ali Akbar Khan
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  • 39,00 kr
  • Genres: World, Music, Asia
  • Released: 18 June 2002

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