Ali Akbar Khan
Bangladeshi musician
Ali Akbar Khan
Ali Akbar Khan, often referred to as Khansahib or by the title Ustad (master), was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Khan was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer, and as a teacher.
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A sad song of musical censorship in India and Pakistan
Huffington Post - 4 months
Hindustani classical music played on a river boat in Banaras. Jason Baker/flickr, CC BY-SA Laksmi Subramanian, Center for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta At the end of September 2016, the Indian motion picture producer's association, India's largest organisation related to entertainment, announced a ban on all Pakistani artists. In retaliation, Pakistan authorities imposed a complete ban on airing Indian content on all its TV channels, including Bollywood movies. This cultural war, triggered by the September Uri attacks in Kashmir, is far from new. Indeed it is a sad reminder of last year, when the Indian ultra regionalist Maharashtrian-based party Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt a performance by celebrity singer Ghulam Ali in Mumbai, forcing the concert to be cancelled. What are we to make of these episodes that occur now with depressing regularity, enjoy prime-time popularity on Indian television and then die down, only to be recalled when yet anothe ...
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Noor Tagouri Is Not The Controversy. Muslim Women Representation Is
Huffington Post - 4 months
It's been four days and all I've heard about is Noor Tagouri's decision to be featured in Playboy. So now I'm officially at the tipping point and need to add my thoughts to the mix. First off, let me say thank you for this piece in The Washington Post that everyone seems to be praising. It does a very good job of furthering sexism in Muslim communities-- we could always use a good dose of that. I have much respect for the intellectuals and leaders in our communities who have tried to have difficult conversations in a post-9/11 America, but this Noor Tagouri controversy is a clear demonstration of why our efforts towards beneficial progress are merely attempts and rarely every successes. We are continuously paralyzed by old conversations on hijab, modesty, and Muslim women's bodies. Noor in Playboy is not the controversy. This controversy is the controversy. This is really a controversy on the representation of Muslim women. So instead of ripping apart Noor, let's have that conv ...
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Thousands Of Afghan Refugees Forced To Return To An Unfamiliar Home
Huffington Post - 5 months
Umer Ali travels to the Pakistani border city of Peshawar for the first in Refugees Deeply’s ‘Return to Afghanistan’ series, finding that the forced return of thousands of Afghan refugees is breaking up marriages and dividing families. Ameer Muhammad is tall and handsome, with a ready smile and typical Pashtun politeness. He works at a construction site in an upscale neighborhood of Peshawar, a Pakistani city on the border with Afghanistan, but he knows it’s the last thing he will build in the country where he was born. Ameer, in his early thirties, owns a truck and some construction tools. They represent a lifetime’s work that he must now sell for a pittance because buyers in Peshawar know that he, like most others of Afghan origin, has to leave. “I was born here, in Pakistan,” he says. “My mother was pregnant with me when our family was forced to flee our home in Afghanistan.” Local police have warned his family, like countless other Afghan families, that they must leav ...
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Daily Meditation: Lullaby
Huffington Post - 8 months
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life. Today's post features a beautiful piece of music by renowned Indian classical musician Ali Akbar Khan. True to its name, "Lullaby" is sure to guide us into a peaceful and relaxing meditation. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Colombo: When South Asians transcended all borders and stereotypes
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The first thing that comes in our mind when we hear the word "SAARC" must be "conflict." Unlike the European Union, that has abolished all barriers that ever existed between its member states, SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) is an organization that even though claims to represent 8 South Asian countries yet it is impossible for citizens of those eight states to move from one country to another without going though the strict visa process that stands as huge obstacles between the borders of those states. This is why instead of easing those visa restrictions, the issues that dominate SAARC summits are usually the issue of Durand Line and cross-Taliban extremism for Pakistan and Afghanistan, border issues between India and Nepal and India and Bangladesh, and of course the long-standing Kashmir problem of India and Pakistan. This is why these Summits usually go unnoticed as political leaders of these South Asian states just sit and put the blame game on other na ...
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Exclusive Interview With Alex Grey - Part 1
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Photo by Eileen Rose Artist, author, teacher and public figure, Alex Grey, has led a revolution in the world of visionary art. He studied human anatomy at the Harvard Medical School, giving him a great knowledge of physical form. Also studying mind and body medicine at Harvard, his combined knowledge of anatomy, healing, and psychedelic drugs evolved his art into a philosophy. Deeply permeated in the transformational festival culture, Alex and his wife Allyson have become the voices and artists of a generation. In this interview, we discover, learn and transcend. Morena: On May 15, 2001, I purchased Tool's Lateralus. It was this day that I first submerged my mind into your world. How did your artwork find its way onto the Lateralus album? Alex: At my art exhibition in Los Angeles, 1999, I met Adam Jones, Tool's lead guitar and visual creative director. Later, he approached me with an anatomically based concept for the Lateralus CD cover. Adam is not only one of the world's ...
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Pakistani Christians hold funerals for victims of church attacks
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Pakistani Christians held funerals amidst tight security Tuesday for the victims of twin Taliban suicide attacks that targeted churches two days earlier in the worst attack on the minority group in over a year. The attack also sparked two days of rioting by thousands of Christians who clashed with water canon-wielding police, blocked roads and forced a partial shutdown of the city's public bus system. At least two Christians were also killed Monday when a panicked female motorist drove through a crowd of protesters, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told parliament Tuesday, revising an earlier figure of one death in the incident. In the low-income Youhanabad neighbourhood, home to more than 100,000 Christians, police and paramilitary rangers were out in force preventing outsiders from entering.
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Pakistan presents anti-terrorism strategy at US summit
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) Pakistan has presented a five-point anti-terrorism strategy before a White House summit, a media report said Friday. US Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice presided over various sessions of the day-long ministerial segment of the summit at the State Department, Dawn online reported. Addressing the summit, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the strategy could form "the conceptual bedrock" of a global action plan in dealing with violent extremism. The summit initiative could lay the basis for forging common ground against the common enemy of violent extremism, he said.
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Chandre Oraon, Man With Tail, Worshipped As God (But Not By His Wife)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
A 35-year-old tea picker in Alipurduar, India, is getting tailed by followers every day -- mainly because the 14.5-inch tail growing out of his back makes them think he's a living god. Chandre Oraon has had his tail since birth and some Hindus believe it's a sign he's an incarnation of a monkey god known as "Hanuman," Barcroft TV reported. It isn't just the tail that makes believers think he's a monkey god. Oraon's job picking tea leaves requires him to climb up trees just like a monkey. Worshippers from all over India travel to his home in hopes of touching his tail and getting blessings. One woman, Monika Lakda, said she travelled overnight to see Oraon at his small makeshift shrine, hoping he would be able to cure her nephew's fever. "We gave him medicine but it did not work. So we came to Chandre to seek his blessings. The baby recovered soon after that," she said, according to the Daily Mail. "We believe that Chandre is an incarnation of Hanuman. They say he was born on t ...
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NRI's house burgled
The Times of India - about 3 years
Dabeerpura police said Maqbool Ali Khan, who was in Canada for the last 25 years, went to Anjuman function hall around 11.30 pm for a pre-marriage event.     
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RPTW’s 12th Annual Mystic Music Festival spellbinds
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
LAHORE:  Of all the forms of devotional music, Sufi music, despite being age-old, has the ability to appeal to modern sensibilities. It encapsulates a facet of Eastern spirituality that can entrance anyone with its message of love. Celebrating this unparalleled, mystical magic of Sufi kalam, Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop (RPTW) organised its 12th Annual Mystic Music Festival from January 10 till January 12.  The festival is a commendable medium to project the Sufi path that gets one in touch with the soul. The three-day event is perhaps one of the most widely attended events organised by RPTW. The platform makes Sufi music accessible for the genre’s enthusiasts. But other than the gripping kalam, what attracts a following for Sufi music are the artistes themselves, whose history and traditions are worth knowing. In a backstage conversation with some of the musicians performing at the festival, The Express Tribune explores the various aspects of ...
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Top 10 Pakistani songs of 2013
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
KARACHI:  To say that Pakistani music had an eventful year would be an understatement. With multi-national brands promoting local artistes through TV shows such as Nescafe Basement and Pepsi Smash, there have been more performers in the spotlight this past year than ever before. The Express Tribune decided to round-up the 10 Pakistani songs from 2013 that you simply had to listen to before the year was out. 10. Main Sufi Hoon — The Sketches Coming in at number 10 we have yet a quality number by the Jamshoro-based The Sketches. In this track they have merged the combined talent of Faraz Anwar, Gumby and the US-based producer/musician Jono Manson to bring forward a powerful and contemporary interpretation of Sachal Sarmast’s poetry, both audio-wise and visually. 9. Aakhir Kyun — Chambaili The pop-rock soundtrack for the Pakistani film Chambaili was the first release by the Nabeel Nihal Project. Combining Nabeel Nihal Chishti’s produc ...
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Movie Review: ‘Bullett Raja,’ a Bromance, Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia
NYTimes - about 3 years
“Bullett Raja,” directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, bounces around but always keeps an eye on the object of its affection, Raja Mish, played by Saif Ali Khan.     
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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan secretly marries Falak
The Times Of India - over 3 years
We have learnt that Pakistan’s most well-known singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has married his model girlfriend Falak in a secret ceremony over a month back.     
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Drone Strikes in Pakistan: Reapers of Their Own Destruction
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"We will put pressure on America, and our protest will continue if drone attacks are not stopped," said an angry Imran Khan, leader of Pakistan's third largest political party, the PTI (the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf). He was speaking on Saturday, November 23, to a crowd of over 10,000 protesters who blocked the highway used by NATO supply trucks taking goods in and out of Afghanistan. The latest protests in Pakistan show that even when the U.S. hits its mark, as in the case of the last two strikes in Pakistan that killed key leaders of two extremist cells, they're still counterproductive. Most Pakistanis reject the Taliban and other extremists. But they also reject the American drones that violate their sovereignty and operate with impunity. The Pakistani resistance, along with growing opposition within the United States, has had an impact: the number of Predator and Reaper drones strikes in Pakistan has been steadily declining, from a high of 122 in 2010 to 48 in 2012, and even fewer ...
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Pakistan PM in for a test of political skill
Yahoo News - over 3 years
The Pakistani government's decision to initiate treason proceedings this week against former President Pervez Musharraf will test the political skill of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose bold assertion of civilian supremacy over the military comes two weeks before he is due to appoint a new army chief of staff. Mr. Sharif's government today reportedly asked the chief justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court to select judges for Mr. Musharraf's trial. On Sunday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan made a surprise announcement that the government would bring treason charges against the retired general for allegedly violating the constitution in 2007 when he enacted emergency rule and suspended much of the judiciary. Pakistan's military has traditionally exercised outsized control over the civilian government, including overthrowing it three times during the country's 66-years of existence. 
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Pakistan to try ex-military ruler Musharraf for treason
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Pakistan announced Sunday it would put former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason, punishable by death or life imprisonment, for imposing emergency rule in 2007. The decision puts the country's civilian leaders on an unprecedented collision course with the all powerful military and comes after Musharraf was granted bail in other criminal cases, stoking rumours a deal for his departure could be imminent. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced the move in a live television broadcast. "Following the judgement of the Supreme Court and a report submitted by an inquiry committee, it has been decided to start proceedings against General Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 (high treason) of the Constitution," he said.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ali Akbar Khan
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 86
    Died on June 18, 2009.
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  • 1997
    Age 74
    In 1997, Khan received the National Endowment for the Arts' prestigious National Heritage Fellowship, the United States' highest honour in the traditional arts.
    More Details Hide Details Khan has received two Grammy nominations. With John Handy
  • 1991
    Age 68
    He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1991.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 48
    In August 1971, Khan performed at Madison Square Garden for the Concert for Bangladesh, along with Ravi Shankar, Alla Rakha and Kamala Chakravarty; other musicians at the concert included George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr.
    More Details Hide Details A live album and a movie of the event were later released. Khan was based in the United States for the last four decades of his life. He toured extensively until he was prevented from doing so by ill health in the period up to his death from renal failure. Ali Akbar Khan married three times, and is survived by eight sons and four daughters. Six of his children and one grandson are musicians: Aashish Khan (sarod), Dhyanesh Khan (1941–90; sarod), Ameena Perrera (Sitar), Pranesh Khan (tabla), Rajesh Khan (sarod) Alam Khan (sarod), Manik Khan (Sarod) and his grandson, Shiraz Ali Khan (sarod). Khan was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1967 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1989, among other awards.
  • 1969
    Age 46
    Khan performed in Boston with Shankar Ghosh in 1969 for the Peabody Mason Concert series.
    More Details Hide Details In 1985 he founded another branch of the Ali Akbar College of Music in Basel, Switzerland. Khan was the first Indian musician to record an LP album of Indian classical music in the United States and to play sarod on American television. Khan has participated in a number of classic jugalbandi pairings, most notably with Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee and violinist L. Subramaniam. A few recordings of duets with Vilayat Khan also exist. He also collaborated with Western musicians.
  • 1967
    Age 44
    He founded another school of the same name in Berkeley, California in 1967 and later moved it to San Rafael, California.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 33
    He performed in India and travelled extensively in the West. In 1956, Khan founded the Ali Akbar College of Music in Calcutta, with the mission to teach and spread Indian classical music.
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  • 1955
    Age 32
    He also played Sarod for a song in 1955 film Seema which had the music composed by Shankar Jaikishan.
    More Details Hide Details Later in 1993, he would score some of the music for Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha. Beginning in 1945, Khan also started recording a series of 78 rpm disks (which could record about three minutes of music) at the HMV Studios in Bombay. For one such record he conceived a new composition Raga Chandranandan ("moonstruck"), based on four evening ragas, Malkauns, Chandrakauns, Nandakauns and Kaushi Kanada. This record was a huge success in India, and the raga found a worldwide audience when a 22-minute rendition was re-recorded for the Master Musician of India LP in 1965 − one of Khan's seminal recordings.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1947
    Age 24
    When the princely states were wound down with India's independence in 1947 and Hanwant Singh died in a plane crash in 1948, Khan moved to Bombay.
    More Details Hide Details In Bombay, he won acclaim as a composer of several film scores, including Chetan Anand's Aandhiyan (1952). Lata Mangeshkar sang the title song, "Har Kahin Pe Shaadmani" and as a token of her respect to sarod maestro, did not charge any fee. This was followed by Satyajit Ray's Devi (1960), Merchant-Ivory's The Householder, and Tapan Sinha's Khudito Pashan ("Hungry Stones", 1960), for which he won the "Best Musician of the Year" award.
  • 1943
    Age 20
    In 1943, on his father's recommendation, Khan was appointed a court musician for the Maharaja of Jodhpur, Hanwant Singh.
    More Details Hide Details There, he taught and composed music besides giving recitals and was accorded the title of Ustad by the Maharaja.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1941
    Age 18
    Shankar and Annapurna Devi were married in 1941.
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  • 1939
    Age 16
    Three years later, in December 1939, he accompanied Ravi Shankar on the sarod during the latter's debut performance at the same conference; this was the first of many jugalbandis (duets) between the two musicians.
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  • 1938
    Age 15
    In 1938 Khan gave his first recital on All India Radio (AIR), Bombay (accompanied on the tabla by Alla Rakha), and starting in January 1940, he gave monthly performances on AIR, Lucknow.
    More Details Hide Details Finally in 1944, both Shankar and Khan left Maihar to start their professional careers as musicians; Shankar went to Bombay, while Khan became the youngest Music Director for AIR, Lucknow, and was responsible for solo performances and composing for the radio orchestra.
  • 1936
    Age 13
    Ali Akbar Khan, after years of rigorous training, gave his debut performance at a music conference in Allahabad in 1936, at the age of 13.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on April 14, 1922.
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