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In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals

In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals

Homayun’s artistry demonstrates how an imaginative musician working within a traditional musical idiom can enrich and expand its expressive power.

A local tradition of Hindustani raga has existed in Kabul since the 1860s, when Amir Sher Ali Khan brought a number of classically trained musicians from India to perform at his court. The present-day avatar of this tradition is Homayun Sakhi, the greatest Afghan rubab player of his generation. This concert pairs Homayun Sakhi and his Afghan rubab with sarod player Ken Zuckerman, the leading disciple of the late Ali Akbar Khan, and a consummate master in his own right. They will be joined by the young Afghan tabla virtuoso Salar Nader, a student of Zakir Hussain.

There will be a free pre-performance lecture by Theodore Levin, Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music, Dartmouth College, at 7:00 pm.

This performance is presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

This program is part of Asia Society's ongoing initiative Creative Voices of Muslim Asia, made possible by support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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Event Details

3 March 2012
8:00pm - 10:00pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

$20 members; $22 seniors/students with ID; $25 nonmembers