Pune: Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan drew me to Indian classical music, says Ken Zuckerman

Published: Dec 14, 2019, 12:58 IST | Chaitraly Deshmukh | Pune

Zuckerman who belongs to the Maihar Gharana is one of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan's senior-most students and an outstanding sarod player and educator

Ken Zuckerman belongs to the Maihar Gharana and is one of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s senior-most student
Ken Zuckerman belongs to the Maihar Gharana and is one of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s senior-most student

For renowned sarod player Ken Zuckerman, the best part while listening to Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan for the first time in a concert in the US was his engrossment in the rhythm and the way the involved musician reacted to it. Zuckerman who was speaking during an interactive session with a renowned vocalist, Amarendra Dhaneshwar held at 'Sawai Gandharva Smarak' near Rahul Theatre, Shivaji Nagar said, "I was impressed and that was something that drew me to Indian classical music."

Ken-Zuckerman
Ken Zuckerman enthralls the audience with a brief performance

Ken Zuckerman was speaking at a special program called 'Antaranga' that has been a part of the iconic 'Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav', which has been scheduled between Wednesday, December 11 and Sunday, December 15, 2019, in Pune. Zuckerman also delighted the audience with a brief performance playing the sarod.

Zuckerman who belongs to the Maihar Gharana is one of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s senior-most students and an outstanding sarod player and educator.

"I showed an interest in music from an early age. I played guitar and listened to Pop, Rock and Folk music. Once, I read an advertisement in the University in Iowa of a concert of Ustad and attended it just out of curiosity. I had no exposure to such kind of music but attending that concert was the best introduction for me to Indian classical music. I initially started learning Sitar, but I liked the sound of sarod and even had a dream of Ustad urging me to play the instrument and that was when my journey as a musician began," he concluded.

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