Ustad Asheesh Khan

Ustad Aashish Khan was initiated into North Indian Classical Music at the age of 5 by his grandfather, the legendary Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan Sahib, exponent of the Senia Beenkar & Senia Rabābiya Gharāna founded in the 16th century by Mian Tansen, court musician to Emperor Akbar. He also studied under the guidance of his father, Ust. Ali Akbar Khan, and his aunt, Smt. Annapurna Devi in the Beenkar and Rabābiya Anga styles bearing the Dhrupad form of vocal music.

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His first public performance was at age 13 with his grandfather on the All India Radio National Program along with Pt. Kanthe Maharaj on tabla. That same year, 1953, he performed with his father and grandfather at the Tansen Music Conference, Kolkata. In 1967, he played a Sarod duet with his father at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to over 20,000 people. Awards received include: 1996, “Best Sarod Player” Award from All India Critics Association; 2005, Sangeet Natak Academy Award from the President of India, one of the highest awards for Classical Traditional Music; 2007, nomination for a Grammy Award for the Traditional Classical Music of India in the World Music Category.