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Ustad Alauddin Khan (film)

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Ustad Alauddin Khan
Directed byRitwik Ghatak
Produced byHari S. Dasgupta
Screenplay byRitwik Ghatak[1]
  • Ustad Alauddin Khan
  • Nikhil Banerjee
  • Ali Akbar Khan
  • Ravi Shankar
  • Ustad Bahadur Khan
  • Annapurna Devi
  • Indranil Bhattacharya
  • Aashish Khan
  • Dhyanesh Khan

Narrated byBarun Haldar
Music byUstad Ali Akbar Khan
CinematographyDinen Gupta
Edited byTarun Dutta
Release date
  • 1963 (1963)
Running time
24 minutes
LanguageEnglish, Bengali

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Ustad Alauddin Khan (1963) is a documentary directed by legendary filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak. It was sponsored by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.[2] It's based on the life of noted sarod player Ustad Allauddin Khan and his role as the 'guru' to many noted classical musicans. It featured performances by his son Ali Akbar Khan (who also acted as the music advisor for the film), daughter Annapurna Devi[3], his disciples such as Ravi Shankar, Bahadur Khan[4] and the Maihar Band.[5] The film was released without his name on it.[6]


  1. Ghatak, Ritwik (1987). Cinema and I. Kolkata: Ritwick Ghatak Memorial Trust. p. 127. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. "Ritwik Ghatak made a documentary on Ustad Alauddin Khan". Times of India. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. "The Recluse". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  4. "Watch: An ode to Maihar gharana maestro Allauddin Khan by film-maker Ritwik Ghatak". scroll.in. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. Strohm, Reinhard (2018). Studies on a Global History of Music: A Balzan Musicology Project. Routledge. p. 265. ISBN 1138058831. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. "Ghatak - The stormy petrel of Indian cinema". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 March 2019.

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