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Indian musician who performed with George Harrison dies
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 06/23/09 7:31 am] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Ali Akbar Khan, the revered Indian-born musician who moved to Marin County and popularized his country's music for successive generations of Americans, died Thursday night at his San Anselmo home.

Mr. Khan was a master of the sarod, the fretless 25-string instrument that produces a panoply of evocative sounds - from dronelike touches to complicated twangs that seem to reverberate from the ether.


Like Ravi Shankar, Mr. Khan crossed over into pop culture popularity. In 1971, he teamed with Shankar to open George Harrison's 1971 Bangladesh fundraising concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. On stage at the concert, Mr. Khan sat cross-legged next to tabla player Alla Rakha and Shankar - a 20-minute performance with an ascending musical climax that had the audience interrupting with applause and standing on its feet.

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan was 87.

(Information thanks to The SF Gate.)


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