Indian music legend ALI AKBAR KHAN has died at the age of 87.
Khan found fame in his home country as a virtuoso of the sarod instrument and was named a living national treasure by the Indian government in 1989.
He is credited with taking Indian music to the world stage, alongside his brother-in-law, sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar, with whom he frequently played.
Legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin once described him as "an absolute genius" and "the greatest musician in the world".
Khan died from renal failure at his home in San Anselmo, California on Friday (19Jun09).