Sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan dead

June 19th, 2009 - 3:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) Legendary sarod player Ali Akbar Khan died Friday at his residence in San Anselmo in California. He was 87.
The Hindustani classical music exponent died at about 10.30 a.m. India time following renal failure, his secretary Ashish Roy said.

He is survived by 11 children from his three marriages.

Born on April 14, 1922, in Cumillah in present day Bangladesh, Ali Akbar Khan was the son of legendary musician Ustad Allauddin Khan of the famous Maihar Gharana.

He was awarded India’s highest civilian honours of Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian classical music.

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