Sharan Rani at Yale University, 1961

In 1961, sarod virtuoso Sharan Rani was invited to Yale by Howard Boatwright (on right, with Rani and Quincy Porter). Sharan Rani (1929-2008) was the first female sarod virtuoso of India. Even though she did not come from a musical family, she became a disciple of Ustad Allauddin Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Rani was a critically-acclaimed master of the sarod, popular on concert stages for nearly seven decades.

Howard Boatwright (1918-1999), a Yale graduate, was a Fullbright lecturer in India from 1959-1960, where he became interested in Indian classical music. He published Indian Classical Music and the Western Listener in 1960, as well as articles on the transcription of Indian music into Western notation. The Gilmore Music Library holds the Howard and Helen Boatwright Papers (MSS 93, partially processed).

-Emily Ferrigno

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One Response to “Sharan Rani at Yale University, 1961”

  1. Radhika Backliwal Narain Says:

    Documentary Film ‘Sharan Rani- The Divine Sarod Player’ (english subtitles) is now on the YouTube channel at the following link

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