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Maestro Ali Akbar Khan.

Maestro Ali Akbar Khan.

Swara Samrat Maestro Ali Akbar Khan passed away peacefully on June 18, 2009, surrounded by his family. Khansahib (as he was affectionately and respectfully addressed) had been a dialysis patient since 2004, and had been enduring numerous health issues ever since. He...
In the Dugout and On the Air

In the Dugout and On the Air

Raj Mathai has won two Emmy Awards and an Associated Press award for Outstanding Sports Segment. As sports director for NBC Bay Area, Raj anchors nightly sportscasts and is among the Bay Area’s most well-known television personalities. He is a part of the San...
A life in music

A life in music

This article was published in the April, 2002 issue of the magazine. We reprint it today in the memory of Swara Samrat Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, who passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, surrounded by friends and family. Khansahib had been a dialysis patient since...
Iconoclast Rising

Iconoclast Rising

Upon landing in Australia for her 2007 world tour, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam was asked by customs officials to sign an official document assuring the Australian government that she wouldn’t say or do anything politically damaging. Though still fairly unknown to the...
Campaigning on the Coast

Campaigning on the Coast

March 29, 2009. I set out to Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, India. Viewed from the skies, Kerala is a slender swale of land ensconced between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, a cartographical sleight-of-hand that an overwrought imagination might...
The Man Who Engineers Comedy

The Man Who Engineers Comedy

Los Angeles-based comedian Rajiv Satyal has played to packed houses across the United States. He is a regular in the major comedy clubs in L.A., has appeared on both mainstream and South Asian TV, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street...