Ali Akbar Khan was an Indian classical musician known for his expertise in playing the sarod. He was born in Shibpur, Brahmanbaria, present-day Bangladesh, and was trained by his father Allauddin Khan, who was a strict taskmaster. At an early age, Khan started playing the tabla and pakhavaj before settling on the sarod. In 1956, he established a music school in Calcutta, and in 1967, the Ali Akbar College of Music, which later moved with him to the United States. He was a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honor, and was a five-time nominee for the Grammy Award.