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Aashish Khan is considered among the top handful of India’s greatest living Sarod players. His pedigree of training and lineage is unquestionable, having descended from the illustrious family of great musicians.

Aashish Khan was initiated into North Indian classical music at the age of 5 by his grandfather, the legendary Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan, exponent of the “Senia Beenkar” and “Senia Rababiya” Gharana. His talim (training) continues under the guidance of his father Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and his aunt, Smt. Annapurna Devi, presently the leading exponents of the “Senia Gharana”, in the Beenkar and Rababiya anga of the Druvapada style.

Aashish gave his first public performance at the age of 13, with his grandfather, on the All Indian Radio “National Program”, New Delhi, and in the same year, performed with his father and his grandfather at the “Tansen Music Conference”, Calcutta.

Besides his virtuosity as a traditional sarodist, Aashish was a pioneer in the establishment of world music genera, as founder of the Indo-American musical group “Shanti” in 1969/70 and later, fusion group, “The Third Eye”; and composed a Sarod Concerto in “raga” form.

With Pandit Rave Shankar, he has worked on many musical products for both film and stage, including Satyajit Rays’s “Apur Sangsar”, “Parash Pathar” and Sir Richard Attenborough’s film “Gandhi”.
He has also worked with Maurice Jarre on John Houston’s film “The Man Who Would be King”, David Lean’s “A Passage to India”, and composed the music for Tapan Sinha’s films, “Joturgriha” and “Aadmi Aurat”.

Aashish has collaborated with such diverse western musicians as John Barham, George Harrison, Ringo Star, Eric Clapton, Charles Lloyd, John Handy, Alice Coltrane, Emil Richards, Dallas Smith, Don Pope, Jorge Strunz, Ardeshir Farah, and the Philadelphia String Quartet.
His recordings include: The Wonder Wall, Young Master of the Sarod, California Concert, Sarod and Piano Jugalbandi, Shanti, Live at the Royal Festival Hall London, Homage, Inner Voyage, Monsoon Ragas, The Sound of Mughal Court, and the latest, Jugalbandi Sarod & Sarangi Duet, with Ustad Sultan Khan.

In 1989, Aashish was appointed to the prestigious post of the Composer and Conductor for the National Orchestra (“Vadya Vrinda”) of All India Radio, New Delhi, succeeding such musical starwarts as Pandit Ravi Shankar and Pandit Pannalal Ghosh.

Aashish Khan is a respected guru and teacher, formerly on the faculties of the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California, and the University of Washington, Seattle. While pursuing a busy career as a concert artist and composer, he teaches students throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Africa, as well as India.

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