Sarod Players

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Sarod players are those musicians who play the sarod, a musical instrument which originated in India and is categorised under string instruments. They have an important place in the world of classical music. Sarod which is a vital instrument in Indian classical music is famous for the enchanting deep and meditative sound that it produces. Sarod players have played a crucial role in representing the heritage of rich musical culture of India abroad. The playing techniques of sarod differ on the basis of the design of this instrument. Generally this musical instrument contains 17 to 25 strings. Later, the composition of this instrument has been modified to give it a simple look by a renowned Indian sarod player. This sarod maestro has developed his innovative technique of sarod playing on the basis of vocal music. As part of his innovation in sarod playing, he has removed sarod’s resonant gourd which other sarod schools use till now. Another design of sarod contains eight main strings and two chikari strings and the entire instrument is longer than other type of sarod. The creator of this particular design of sarod is a prominent sarod player of India. Read on to browse through a list of world famous sarod players and read their biographies and timelines.
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Amjad Ali Khan
Amjad Ali Khan
Birthdate: October 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gwalior

Legendary sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was born to a court musician in Gwalior and performed his first recital at age 6. He later took the sarod to the international stage, with performances in the US and other countries. The Padma Vibhushan winner’s two sons, too, are classical musicians.

Ali Akbar Khan
Ali Akbar Khan
Birthdate: April 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Comilla, in present-day Bangladesh (then East Bengal)
Died: June 18, 2009
Allauddin Khan
(musician, composer, music educator)
Allauddin Khan
Birthdate: 1862 AD
Birthplace: Brahmanbaria District
Died: September 6, 1972

Allauddin Khan was an Indian multi-instrumentalist and composer best remembered as a sarod player. He was also one of the 20th century's most notable music teachers in Indian classical music. Allauddin Khan was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for his immense contribution to Indian music.

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