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Our instructors are dedicated to upholding their musical traditions and preserving their art by teaching all students who are willing to learn. They are eager to share their knowledge and talent for the development of their students' musical life.

Our Founder, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan:


Current AACM Instructors:

Swapan Chaudhuri
Director of Percussion
Swapanda has been teaching tabla at the AACM since 1981

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Alam Khan
Sarode
Son of Ali Akbar Khan, began studying with his father in 1989

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Bruce Hamm
Sarode
Began studying with Khansahib in 1974
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Peter Van Gelder
Sitar
Began studying with Khansahib in 1965
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Tim Witter
Tabla
Began studying with Swapanda in 1984
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Brad Van Cleave
Tabla
Began studying with Swapanda in 1981
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Wallace Harvey
Vocal
Began studying with Khansahib in 1993
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Nikhil Pandya
Tabla
Began studying with Swapanda in 1990
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Arjun Verma
Sitar
Began studying with Khansahib in 2001
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Jim Santi Owen
Tabla
Began studying with Swapanda in 1991
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Esther Adams
Tabla
Began studying with Swapanda in 2003
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Rita Sahai
Vocal
Began studying with Khansahib in 1974
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Manik Khan
Sarode
Son of Ali Akbar Khan, began studying with his father in 1998
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Guest Instructors:
The finest musicians of North Indian classical music are regularly invited to teach our students at AACM. In previous years, guest instructors have included Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit V.G. Jog , Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Ustad Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Pandit G.S. Sachdev, Pandit Chitresh Das, Ustad Bahadur Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Dhyanesh Khan, Pandit Rajeev Taranath, Pandit Indranil Bhattacharya, Srimati Laxmi Shankar, Srimati Lalita Ghosh, Srimati Sanjukta Ghosh, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Satyadev Pawar, and many others.