Ali Akbar Khan (Bengali: আলী আকবর খাঁ) (14 April 1922 – 18 June 2009), often referred to as Khansahib or by the title Ustad (master), was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Khan was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer (often in conjunction with Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar), and as a teacher. He established a music school in Calcutta in 1956, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1967, which is now located in San Rafael, California and has a branch in Basel, Switzerland. Khan also composed several classical ragas and film scores. He was a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Trained as a musician and instrumentalist by his father, Allauddin Khan, Khan first came to America in 1955 on the invitation of violinist Yehudi Menuhin and later settled in California. Khan was nominated for five Grammy Awards and was accorded India's second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan, in 1989. He has also won a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts's National Heritage Fellowship.
"If you practice for ten years, you may begin to please yourself, after 20 years you may become a performer and please the audience, after 30 years you may please even your guru, but you must practice for many more years before you finally become a true artist—then you may please even God."
-- Ali Akbar Khan
A listing of tracks in Ali Akbar Khan's album "Garden of Dreams" :
1. Two Lovers [Mand]
2. Garden of Dreams [Madhu Malati]
3. The Emperor [Darbari Kanra]
4. Power of Joy [Kaushi Kanra]
5. Water Lady [Panihari]
6. India Blue [Dhani]
7. Blessings of the Heart, Pt. 1 [Iman Kalyan]
8. Blessings of the Heart, Pt. 2 [Iman Kalyan]
9. Mother Goddess [Bhairavi]
'Two Lovers' is the first track on the album "Garden of Dreams".
Give this a fair shot. Its a short sampling. Many of Ali Akbar Khan's works are extremely long. But fully worthy & thoroughly transportive.
If Derek Trucks--arguably the greatest blues-jazz-rock plugged-in guitarist since Hendrix-- listens to & is influenced by Ali Akbar Khan, then it would be totally parochial provincial & utterly dumb not to go with it & flow with it.
Not dissonant at all. Harmonious, like the souls of lovers themselves.
Listen & find Peace. At least for a little while.
That said, try keeping in mind some of the most beautiful & worldly wise lines in all of love-poetry:
The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
they're in each other all along.