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Californian institute to honour Indian classical musician

india Updated: Apr 05, 2007 14:36 IST
Ali Akbar Khan

Renowned Indian classical musician Ali Akbar Khan will receive an award from a Californian educational institute for his distinguished contribution towards nurturing and fostering the musical genre through the sarod.

Khan is being honoured by the San Francisco-based California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), founded 38 years ago by Indian scholar Haridas Chaudhuri and his wife Bina, later this month.

Khan's performances worldwide have helped to popularise the sarod, an Indian stringed instrument, and contributed to greater awareness of Indian classical music, according to a press release.

"CIIS is honoured to bestow this award to Ali Akbar Khan," said the institute president Joseph Subbiondo.

"His immeasurable contribution to Indian classical music combined with his mentorship of so many generations of musicians make him a priceless gem to all of us who cherish the preservation and celebration of Indian culture and music throughout the world," he added.

Born in 1922 in East Bengal, now Bangladesh, Khan has received several Grammy nominations and is highly decorated for his work in the field of music.

In 1956, Khan founded the Ali Akbar College of Music in Calcutta (Kolkata), with the mission to teach and spread Indian classical music.

Two years later, he founded another school of the same name in Berkeley, California. Khan has been based in the United States since the foundation of the San Rafael school.

In 1985 he founded another branch of the Ali Akbar College of Music in Basel, Switzerland.