The renowned sarod player and one of the most notable music teachers of the Indian classical music, Allauddin Khan died today on 6th September 1972.
Khan was born on 8th October 1862 in Shibpur village in Brahmanbaria (Bangladesh). Belonging to a genre of musicians, he took his first lessons from his elder brother, Fakir Aftabuddin Khan. He learned to play many indigenous and foreign musical instruments like sitar, flute, piccolo, mandolin, banjo, etc.
Allauddin Khan became the court musician of the Maharaja of Maihar. Here he laid the foundation of a modern Maihar Gharana and composed many famous ragas. Some of his famous disciples were Ravi Shankar, Panna Lal Ghosh, Ali Akbar Khan, Nikhil Banerjee and his daughter Annapurna.
Ustad Allauddin Khan was 110 when he passed into history in 1972. In recognition of his services, he was bestowed with various prestigious awards and honors such as Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan. Besides this, Sangeet Natak Akademi awarded him with its highest honor, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime contribution to Indian music.
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