Ali Akbar Khan

A commemorative postage stamp on Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, an Indian Hindustani classical musician and sarod player of Maihar gharana [a part of the seriesIndian Musicians‘] :

আলী আকবর খাঁ (उस्ताद अली अक़बर ख़ाँ)Indian Classical Music ArtistsIssued by India

Issued on Sep 3, 2014

Issued for : There have been many maestros who have nurtured Indian classical music and have made its presence felt in the national and international arena. India Post is paying a tribute to such legendary maestros of Indian Classical Music by releasing a set of eight stamps on Indian Musicians.

Credits :
Stamp/Miniature Sheet
/Sheetlets/First Day Cover : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Nenu Gupta

Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 2500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.8 Million

Miniature Sheet : 0.4 Million

Sheetlets : 0.1 Million

Printing Process : Wet Offset

Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

Name : Ali Akbar Khan

Born on Apr 14, 1922 at Comilla, East Bengal [now in Bangladesh]

Died on Jun 18, 2009 at San Anselmo, California, United States

About : 

  • Music has always been an important aspect of Indian life. Classical Music, which is based on ragas, has been the mainstay of the life of the people in the country. Its various forms have been used in movies, music albums, folk songs, etc.
  • Indian Classical Music is of two types – Hindustani and Carnatic music. Hindustani music is mainly found in North India. Khayal and Dhrupad are its two main forms. There is a significant amount of Persian influence in Hindustani music in terms of the instruments, style of presentation and ragas. There is also a rich tradition of Gharanas in classical Hindustani Music. Carnatic music, found mainly in South India, tends to be rhythmically intensive and structured when compared with Hindustani Music.
  • Ali Akbar Khan, also known as Khansahib or Ustad, was a Hindustani classical musician of Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Born on 14th April, 1922 in Comilla, Bangladesh, he was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer and a teacher. He set up a music school in Calcutta in 1956, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1967 in California, USA, with a branch in Basel, Switzerland. He was also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Music in the University of California. Ali Akbar Khan received the Padma Vibhushan in 1989. He passed away on 18th June, 2009 in California, USA.
  • Text : Based on the material provided by Sangeet Natak Akademi and Internet.

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