Thursday, October 28, 2010

Play like a Lion - A new documentary about Maestro sarodist ALI AKBAR KHAN

Release Date: 2011
Genre: Documentary
Studio: Abuela Luna Pictures
Starring: Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart, John Handy, Derek Trucks, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Pandit G.S. Sachdev, Ustad Aashish Khan, Alam Khan
Screenplay By: Narrated By: Mark Cohen
Directed By: Joshua Dylan Mellars
Produced By: Mojib Aimaq

Plot Outline:
When Maestro sarodist Ali Akbar Khan’s American born son, Alam, goes to India on his first concert tour without his ailing father, he wonders: “How can I follow a legend?” He knows his father would tell him, “Don’t worry, Play Like a Lion.”
Ali Akbar Khan was “The Emperor of Melody,” a national treasure in India and the US, a Grammy nominee, and according to Lord Yehudi Menuhin, “possibly the greatest musician in the world.” Carlos Santana says of Ali Akbar Khan that he is one of the few who like Bob Marley and Coltrane have the universal tone, a tone which shares the spirit of compassion of Desmond Tutu, Mandela, Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. "Play Like a Lion" is Ali Akbar Khan seen through his son Alam’s eyes. As Alam assumes the mantle of his father’s musical legacy, he is learning that his ends are in his beginnings and that he must come to terms with playing an enduring old music in a disposable new age. In "Play Like a Lion," Alam illuminates the Khan legacy by interviewing the musical crème de la crème of the US and India including his eldest brother, sarodist Ustad Aashish Khan, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, tabla masters Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and Ustad Zakir Hussain. The documentary was shot in Kolkata, Mumbai, Rajasthan and the San Francisco Bay Area to a soundtrack of Ali Akbar Khan’s music.

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