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Indian Sarod Player & Composer • October 8, 1862 – September 6, 1972 • Indian Classical Music (Hindustani)
- Allauddin Khan was born in 1862 in what would become Bangladesh, and lived to be 109 years old!
- His family at first wouldn’t let him study music, but his older brother started teaching him
- He ran away as a child and joined a traveling theatre group, called a Jatra Theatre, claiming to be an orphan
- Allauddin travelled around Bangladesh and India, where he learned all about folk art and music
- He played and composed for the sarod, but he also played many other instruments
- Allauddin was a court musician for the Maharajah of Maihar
- He formed the Maihar Band with 100 orphaned children, which continues to this day
- He invented new instruments by blending others together, ex. Chandra Sarang is a violin and sarod
- He taught many famous musicians, including his children Ali Akbar Khan and Annapurna Devi.
- His student, Ravi Shankar is credited with making the sitar known worldwide.