Monday, June 22, 2009

RIP ...

... Ali Akbar Khan: master of the lute-like sarod.

“If you practise for ten years, you may begin to please yourself, after 20 years you may become a performer and please the audience, after 30 years you may please even your guru,” he once said. “But you must practice for many more years before you finally become a true artist.”

I remember seeing him years ago - at the Academy of Music, I believe. I remember enjoying the concert immensely, but details are otherwise strangely vague. I must have been high as a kite that night.

1 comment:

  1. My all time favorite Indian classical musician. I've seen him many times in concert. He was always very deep into the music, and carried us with him. Occasionally puckish, always sincere.