Born on April 14, 1922, in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh, Ali Akbar Khan was the most prestigious sarod maestros and Hindustani classical artist of the Maihar Gharana. He is the son of Madina Begum and Allauddin Khan, a renowned artist. He belongs to the musician family and was prepared under the guidance and supervision of his dad who was a famous percussionist of his period. From age of three, he began learning to play instruments and by the age of 13, his father thought him fit and sufficiently prepared to play before audiences at the age of 13. Khan started to take in percussion, a musical instrument from Fakir Aftabuddin his uncle.
His uncle ensured that he completely comprehended vocal and different melodic instruments so he could get deep information about music. Alongside his uncle, his dad additionally continued training him until his death in 1972. Amid the time when Khan was being instructed, he ran over a few conspicuous artists, similar to the sarod player Timir Baran and flute player Pannalal Ghosh. These performers come to learn with his dad. Later, his sister
joined him in his lessons. In the wake of learning music for quite a while and getting prepared by the best people in the business, Khan gave his first open execution at a music meeting at the age of 13 in Allahabad in 1936.
After three years, he went with Ravi Shankar on the sarod amid the latter premiere execution at a similar meeting. This was the first of numerous jugal bandies between the two performers in December 1939. In 1938 Khan gave his first presentation in Bombay on (AIR)All India Radio, went with on the tabla by Alla Rakha, and beginning in January 1940, he gave a month to month exhibitions on AIR in Lucknow. At last in 1944, both Khan and Shankar to start their professional vocations as artists left Maihar. Shankar shifted to Bombay, while Khan turned to the most youthful Music Director for AIR in Lucknow, and was in charge of solo exhibitions and creating for the radio ensemble.
In 1943, on his dad's suggestion, Khan was selected a court performer for the Hanwant Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur. There, he educated and made music other than giving recitals and Maharaja agreed on the title of Ustad. After the death of Hanwant Singh in a plane crash, Khan went to Bombay in 1948. In Bombay, he won approval of a several movies scores as a composer, including Aandhiyan by Chetan Anand (1952). Lata Mangeshkar sang "Har Kahin Pe Shaadmani" the main tune and as a symbol of her regard to sarod virtuoso free. This was trailed by film Khudito Pashan by Tapan Sinha (1960), Devi by Satyajit Ray (1960) and The Householder by Merchant-Ivory, for which he got the award of "Best Musician of the Year".
He likewise played Sarod for a tune in motion picture Seema of 1955, whose music composer was Shankar Jaikishan. Later in 1993, he would score a portion of the melody for Little Buddha by Bernardo Bertolucci. In the beginning of 1945, Khan likewise began recording at the HMV Studios a progression of 78-rpm disks in Bombay. For one such record, he considered a new creation of Raga Chandranandan, in view of four evening ragas, Chandrakauns, Malkauns, Kaushi Kanada and Nandakauns. This record was a colossal achievement in India, and the raga found an overall audience when a version of 22-minute was re-recorded for the LP, the Master Musician of India, which was one of the fundamental recordings for Khan, in 1965.
He voyaged broadly in the West. In 1956, he established the Ali Akbar College of Music, with the purpose to teach and extend the knowledge Indian traditional music in Calcutta. In 1967, he opened another school of a similar name in Berkeley city of California and eventually relocated it to San Rafael in California. He performed with Shankar Ghosh in Boston for the Peabody Mason show series in 1969. He started another one of the Ali Akbar College of Music in Basel, Switzerland in 1985. He was the principal Indian artist to play sarod on American TV and to tape in the United States, an LP collection of Indian classical music.
Khan has taken part in various great jugal bandi pairings, most remarkably with Nikhil Banerjee, Ravi Shankar and L. Subramaniam, the violinist. A couple of recordings of duets with Vilayat Khan additionally exist. He likewise teamed up with Western artists. He performed at Madison Square Garden for the Concert, alongside Kamala Chakravarty Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha and different artists at the show included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton for Bangladesh in August 1971. A live collection and a film of the occasion were later discharged. Ali Akbar Khan was granted the Padma Bhushan in 1967and the award Padma Vibhushan in 1989, among different honors.
He got a MacArthur Fellowship in 1991. In 1997, he got the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts', which is the United States' most noteworthy respect in the traditional arts. Khan has gotten five nominations of Grammy. He wedded three times. First was with
, then Rajdulari Khan Sahiba and last one was Mary Khan, and is made due by and four daughters and eight sons. He was situated in the United States throughout the previous four years of his life. He visited widely until he was sick up to his demise from renal failure.