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Indian Sarod Maestro Ali Akbar Khan Dead


Ali Akbar Khan, known for introducing classical Indian music to the West, has died.

News agencies say Khan suffered from kidney ailments and died Friday at his home near San Francisco.

The 87-year-old Khan was admired for his mastery of the sarod, a 25-string instrument.

Khan was born April 14, 1922 in East Bengal, now Bangladesh and began studying music at the age of three.

He gave his first public performance in Allahabad at the age of 13 and went on to make the first Western recording of Indian classical music.

India gave Khan its prestigious Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan awards for his work.

He was also nominated for several Grammy Awards and was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1991.

Khan established the Ali Akbar College of Music in Kolkata and another college near San Francisco.

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