Watch: Indian Raga, By Way of Kabul [Photos]

Watch: Indian Raga, By Way of Kabul [Photos]

NEW YORK, March 3, 2012 — Homayun Sakhi, widely regarded as the greatest Afghan rubab player of his generation, came together with sarod player Ken Zuckerman, the leading disciple of the late Ali Akbar Khan, and the young Afghan tabla virtuoso Salar Nader, a student of Zakir Hussain, for a one-of-a-kind performance at Asia Society.

Billed as "In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals," the concert embodied a local tradition of Hindustani raga as it has existed in Kabul since the 1860s, when Amir Sher Ali Khan, then the Amir of Afghanistan, brought a number of classically trained musicians from India to perform at his court.

The gallery above highlights a few images from the performance, and you can watch the complete concert below (1 hr., 51 min.).

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.

March 5, 2012
by Nadia Rasul