Artist Profiles: Alam Khan

Alam Khan

Sri Alam Khan, the son of Swara Samrat Ali Akbar Khan, studied sarod with his father since he was seven. At his first performance he accompanied his father at a recital in Portland, Oregon and received blessings from Swami Chetanananda.

His first public performance was in 1998 at the Spirit of India Festival that celebrated the Ali Akbar College’s 30th anniversary in the United States of America. He has since accompanied his father in India at the Jodhpur Palace for the King and Royal family, the prestigious Dover Lane Festival in Calcutta as well as several full-length performances in the United States.

In 2001, Alam and his father completed a rigorous tour where they performed in Europe and India. Alam accompanied his father in 2002-2003 on a three month tour of Europe and India where they performed to sold-out audiences. He also received a prestigious Individual Artists Grant from the Marin Arts Council in June, 2003.

In 2004, Alam began his solo career in the Bay Area and has continued to establish himself throughout the United States. He regularly accompanied his esteemed father in concerts as well as teaching at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael.


From Father to Son, with Ali Akbar Khan (AMMP, 2002)
Shades of Sarode (AMMP, 2011)
Vignettes, EP (2017)
Immersion (AMMP Records, 2018)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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