Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, 1922–2009

Virtuosic sarod player and beloved teacher Ali Akbar Khan died on June 18th. Among his many students was the guitarist Harry Manx who performed for ACT in Tamworth a couple of years ago. In this way, and perhaps in others, Ali Akbar Khan's life touched the life of our community. He wrote of his training on the sarod: "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."