Asad Ali Khan - Famous Dhrupad Musician

Asad Ali Khan is an rudra veena player and performs in the Indian classical music style dhrupad.
He is excelled in any instrument he plays, be it the sitar or the rudra veena, and possesses the unusual quality to oscillate from a sweetness of tone to severe masculinity in the playing.

Asad Ali Khan - Famous Dhrupad Musician 

Asad Ali's jod-alaaps are a delight to listen to. Their rhythmic quality, the excellent altering of melodic and contemplative passages while playing jod, makes them amazing experiences. His flawless sense of melody allowed him to bring in the soft shades and delicate hues of shringar when rendering raagas like Shudh Sarang, Bihag or Khammaj.

Asad Ali Khan Personal Profile

Khan was born 1937 in Alwar, Rajasthan in the seventh generation of rudra veena players in his family. His ancestors were royal musicians in the courts of Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, and Jaipur, Rajasthan in the 18th century.

Performed in Various Countries Across The World

He has performed in many countries, including Australia, the United States, Afghanistan, and Italy and several other European countries, and conducted music courses in the United States. Khan worked at All India Radio, taught the sitar in the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts at the University of Delhi for 17 years, and continued to train students privately after his retirement.

Awards and Recogination

Khan received several national awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1977 and the civilian honor Padma Bhushan in 2008 which was awarded by Indian President Pratibha Patil.

Catalog of Asad Ali Khan's Performance