S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Asad Ali Khan

Birthdays & Anniversaries
1.12.1937 - 14.6.2011

Asad Ali Khan was born in 1937 in Alwar. His ancestors were royal musicians in the courts of Rampur and Jaipur in the 18th century. His great-grandfather was the famous Rajab Ali Khan – head of the court musicians in Jaipur. He learnt vocal music for 15 years. Asad Ali Khan was among the few musicians who played the Rudra veena and the last master of the Khandar school of dhrupad.

He was associated with All India Radio. He performed in many countries like Afghanistan, the U.S.A., in Australia, Europe, and conducted music workshops in the United States. He taught the sitar in the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts at the University of Delhi for 17 years, and continued to train students privately after his retirement. He had a number of foreign students. Asad Ali Khan received several national awards, including the prestigious Padma Bhushan (2008) and the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award (1977).

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