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Classical Music of North India – April 15, 2012

University of Oregon School of Music & Dance – World Music Series

Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the birth of Ali Akbar Khan

Aashish Khan, sarod
Pranesh Khan, tabla


Tickets:  $12 General Admission, $8 Students & Seniors.  Available from the UO Ticket Office (541-346-4363;, or at the door.

For more information, contact Mark Levy at 541-346-2852 or

Co-sponsor:  Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities

Aashish and Pranesh Khan are the sons of the legendary Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (April 14, 1922 – June 18, 2009). Aashish, a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, is a master of the sarod, a plucked lute, which he learned from his illustrious grandfather (also the teacher of Ravi Shankar) Baba Allauddin Khan. Since the 1950s Aashish has performed throughout India and the world, and is considered to be one of the most distinguished musicians of the Seniya Beenkar and Seniya Rababiya Gharana music lineages. With Pandit Ravi Shankar, he has worked on many musical projects, including the films of Satyajit Ray, Sir Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi,” and David Lean’s “A Passage to India.” Aashish has also collaborated with musicians such as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Eric Clapton. Aashish will be accompanied by his younger brother Pranesh Khan on the tabla. Pranesh was also initiated into music by his grandfather, and has had the honor of studying with acclaimed tabla masters Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Ustad Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir Hussain, and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.