June 20, 2009

Ali Akbar Khan, Sarod Virtuoso of Depth and Intensity, Is Dead at 87

On a sad note, Music has lost one of its best....
Fritjof Capra described his music as 'cosmic sound' - fathoming the deep depths of the seas and souls..... J Krishnamurti called it 'pure sound of silence'. His music was not only audible sound... it laid out the undecipherable abstraction into a legible landscape.
The best tribute to music is offered by the German poet Rilke; I offer the same to Ali Akbar Khan and his music:

Music: breathing of statues. Perhaps:
silence of paintings. You language where all language
ends. You time
standing vertically on the motion of mortal hearts.

Feelings for whom? O you the transformation
of feelings into what? --: into audible landscape.
You stranger: music. You heart-space
grown out of us. The deepest space in us,
which, rising above us, forces its way out,--
holy departure:
when the innermost point in us stands
outside, as the most practiced distance, as the other
side of the air:
no longer habitable.

(Rainer Maria Rilke)

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