Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar - Emperor Of Melody (Mega Blowout Sale)

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"Ali Akbar Khan was one of the greatest musicians of the Indian subcontinent. A man completely absorbed in the music of the classical tradition that he inherited, and that he helped popularise in the west. In 1955, after years of training and performing in India, he made his first trip to the west at the invitation of the famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Khan arrived in New York City and performed in a festival of Indian culture at the Museum of Modern Art, that featured the dancer Shanta Rao and the first screening of Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali (at this point billed as The Story of Apu and Durga). That Evening, for the first time, the sound of the sarod was introduced to the American ear. While in New York, Menuhin arranged for Khan and his group of musicians to record the very first long-playing record of Indian music. The music industry in India had not yet embraced the notion that audiences would be prepared to listen to recordings of classical music for more than five or six minutes. But the huge success of Ali Akbar Khan's groundbreaking album, Music Of India: Morning and Evening Ragas, convinced them to revise their thinking and soon afterwards the big record companies began issuing long-playing records of all of India's better-known classical musicians."
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