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Ali Akbar College of Music

Coordinates: 37°58′27″N 122°32′32″W / 37.9741°N 122.54231°W / 37.9741; -122.54231
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Ali Akbar College of Music, San Rafael location, in June 2014.

The Ali Akbar College of Music (AACM) is the name of three schools founded by Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan to teach Indian classical music.[1] The first was founded in 1956 in Calcutta, India. The second was founded in 1967 in Berkeley, California, but moved to its current location in San Rafael, California[2] the next year. The third was founded in 1985 in Basel, Switzerland, and is run by Khan's disciple Ken Zuckerman.

In 2003, a collection from the AACM's sound archives formed one of the 50 "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" recorded works chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Among these AACM recordings were live performances by Allauddin Khan, Kishan Maharaj, Nikhil Banerjee and Alla Rakha.[3]

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  1. ^ Jon Thurber (20 June 2009). "Ali Akbar Khan dies at 87; sarod player helped bring Indian music to U.S." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  2. ^ "The School". Ali Akbar College of Music. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  3. ^ "The National Recording Registry 2003". Library of Congress. 2003. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2020.

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37°58′27″N 122°32′32″W / 37.9741°N 122.54231°W / 37.9741; -122.54231