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Son of the legendary Sarode Maestro Ali Akbar Khan,
Alam has been touching the hearts of audiences worldwide for the past
15 years. Since his initial training into the Maihar Seni Gharana at
the age of seven, Alam was blessed to learn and live in the traditional
style of Guru and student. Ali Akbar Khan's careful crafting and
guidance shows in each note as well as in Alam's imaginative way of
expressing the ancient ragas passed down from the courts of Emperor
Akbar by Mian Tansen in the 16th century.
Alam's performance career was introduced to the world when he began
accompanying his father onstage, internationally, from 1996 to 2006.
They played in such prestigious venues as the Royal Jodhpur Palace, the
Dover Lane Music Festival in Calcutta, and New York's Lincoln Center
Jazz festival, as well as highly acclaimed concerts all over the United
States, Canada, Europe and India.
Along with accompanying his esteemed father, Alam's inner voice began
to emerge and grow with his solo career, which began in 1998. He has
toured worldwide and established himself as Ali Akbar Khan's true heir
and the face of a new generation of Sarode players, attracting praise
and attention from musical icons such as Sitar Legend Ravi Shankar,
Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Slide Guitarist Derek
Trucks, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Buddhadev
Dasgupta, and many more of India's finest musicians.
Alam has had the privilege and honor of performing alongside some of
India's greatest Tabla masters--such as Swapan Chaudhuri, Zakir Hussain
and Anindo Chatterjee--in a constantly growing list of highly reputed
venues, including the Dover Lane Music Festival, Saptak, Zakir
Hussain's annual Barsi concert (in honor of Ustad Allarakha), the
Darbar Festival, the San Francisco World Music Festival, the Chicago
World Music Festival and the Carnegie Group in NYC.
Alam has also collaborated and performed with a wide array of artists
from different genres such as Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Bob Weir,
Rob Wasserman, Christopher Hedge, Homayoun Sakhi, underground Hip-Hop
legend Eligh and electronic musicians Amplive and Janaka Selekta.
Alam was recently in the film "Play Like a Lion" that tells the amazing
story of his musical journey as well as his father's. It is now
circulating amongst 2011-2012 film festival circuits internationally.
Alam was the personal assistant to his father during his final years of
life, helping aid him in teaching at the Ali Akbar College of Music in
San Rafael, California--a mecca for students and lovers of Indian
classical music. Alam, following his father's wishes, is now the
teacher of advanced instrumental and vocal classes at the Ali Akbar
College of Music and has dedicated his life to preserving, performing
and teaching this music to the world.
Indranil Mallick, a promising tabla player of rare skill, has already
established himself both as a soloist and accompanist. Born to a family
of genuine music connoisseurs, he received his initial training in
tabla when he was only five from his uncle, Sri Montu Mallick. Later he
was trained by Prof. Dhabol Bandyapadhaya.From 1985 he was under the
guidance of Sri Uttam Chakraborty, senior disciple of Pandit Swapan
Chaudhuri.Now he is under the guidance of Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri .
Indranil belongs to Luckhnow Gharana style of tabla.
Among his numerous awards and distinctions in tabla performance he
stood first in the Yuva Utsav organized by the state Government of West
Bengal. In 1997 he stood first in the prestigious Dover Lane Music
Competition and earned "The Best Talent Of The Year" for 1996-97,
trophy awarded by the H.M.V Music Corporation. Indranil holds a
"Sangeet Visarad", Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music focused on tabla,
from the University of Chandigarh, which he earned in 1999.He also
earned " Sangeet Kala Ratna" in the year 2006.
Keeping a rigorous performance schedule, Indranil continues to perform
with renowned artists in various music conferences in India and
abroad. Some of these are The Dover Lane Music Conference in Kolkata,
West Bengal State Music Academy Annual Convocation Concert, "The
GolPark Rama Krishna Mission" Kolkata, Annual Conference of Spicmacay
in AgartalaSangeet Gana Sabha in Visaka Pattanam, Spicmacay tour in
Madhya Pradesh, Dadar Matunga Music conference, Mumbai (A Hundred years
music organisatin), Baba Alauddin Khan Sangeet Samaraho,
Maihar,Santipur Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata, Nabarang Sangeet Sammelan,
Kolkata, Kerala Music Festival, Music Festival in Patna and
In 2002 Indranil began international touring with performances in
Europe, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Estonia,
Russia, Austria and Holland. During these tours he represented India in
many world-renowned festivals. Some examples include the Open Baroque
Festival in Estonia, The Musica Sacra International Festival in
Germany, and the International Jazz and Blues festival in Austria.
Indranil is a graded artist with All India Radio, Kolkata where he is
featured regularly on programs aired throughout India. He holds a
Master Degree in Economics from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata..
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Center, University of MN, West
Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st
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IMSOM’s Spring 2012 Concert
Series has been made possible, in part, by funds
provided by the Honeywell "Dollars for Doers" Grant, a matching grant
from US Bank and
donors. These concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in
Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).
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