Ustad Baba Allauddin Khan

Ustad Baba Allauddin Khan (1862-1972) is a legendary figure in Indian music. He developed a thirst for music and musical knowledge from a very young age that eventually led to one of the most incredible musical journeys of this century. He mastered many instruments including Tabla, Violin, Sursringar and Surbahar but finally turned to the Sarod and became a student of the Sarod wizard Ahmed Ali Khan. The great Wazir Khan of Rampur, scion of the Seni Beenkar Gharana taught him for 12 years. He himself remained a student of music till the age of 70 completely mastering the Dhrupad and instrumental compositions of the Seni Gharana and adding innumerable new compositions and many new Ragas, such as Hemant, Shobhavati and Durgeshwari. His eventual contributions are so outstanding that today this Gharana is known as the Seni Baba Allauddin Gharana. Among his large number of disciples, the most famous are his son the supreme Sarodist Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and his son-in-law the Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar.