Ali Akbar Khan

Ali Akbar Khan


Ali Akbar Khan, Who was renowned Hindustani classical musician born on 14 April 1922, In East Bengal, Bangladesh.

Family Background:

He was the son of famous musician and teacher Allauddin Khan and his wife Madina Begum. After Ali’s birth, His family moved to Maihar, Madhyapradesh.

Personal Life:

He married three times in his life. He had seven sons and four daughters. First, He married Zubeida Begum, the Second time he married Rajdulari Khan Sahiba, and last one Mary Khan.


He had taught music from his father and his uncle. They had taught to Ali until his death in 1972. At the age of 13, After completing training, He had given his debut performance at a music conference in Allahabad in 1936. In 1938, Ali had given his first performance on All India Radio in Mumbai. After his first performance, he started giving the monthly performance on AIR, In January 1940. In 1944, Ali and Shankar had decided to leave the Maihar to started their professional career in music. Shankar went to Mumbai and Ali became the youngest Music director of AIR Lucknow. He gave the solo performance and composed for the radio ensemble. In 1945, he started recording series of 78 rpm disks at HVM studio in Mumbai. Ali Khan participated in many Jugalbandi with Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee. Ravi also performed with Alla Rakha, Kamala Chakravarty at the Madison Square Garden for the Bangladesh concert, In 1971. On 18 June 2009, because of kidney failure, He died at his home, United State.

Unknown Facts:

  • His family followed the traditional North Indian Classical Music.
  • He started learning music at the age of three.

Master Stroke:

  • In 1956, He founded the Ali Akbar College of music, In Calcutta.
  • In 1967, He founded another school of the same name in California.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1967, He received the Padma Bhushan Award.
  • In 1989, He honored the Padma Vibhushan.
  • In 1991, He received the MacArthur Fellowship.

What can we learn from him??

Like Ali Akbar Khan, give respect to all. Never ignore anything which related to your career. give your best performance.

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