Ustad Aashish Khan receives rare honour
Kolkata, May. 28 (PTI): Sarod maestro Ustad Aashish Khan has earned the distinction of being the first Indian musician to become a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, UK's highest body of Asian Arts.
Sources close to the maestro said the Royal Asiatic Society took the decision at its council meeting on May 24.
The Society, founded in 1924 and patronised by Prince Charles, investigates subjects related to science and arts in Asia. Past fellows of the Society include Sir Auren Stein, Rabindranath Tagore, historian Sir Jadunath Sircar and political scientist Professor Emeritus Satyabrata Raichowdhuri.
Son of illustrious Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan is considered by many as India's greatest living sarod players, and second only to his father in receiving Grammy nominations.
Ustad Aashish Khan, at present a professor of Indian classical music at California Institute of Arts, is in the forefront of those who popularised Indian classical music in the West.