Osho World celebrated "Disciple Week" from February 11, 2006, at Osho World Galleria, BG -09, Ansal Plaza, New Delhi.
Renowned tabla player Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan and Immaculate tabla exponent, Ustad Akram Khan dedicated an evening of enchanting Jugalbandi performance, to the master and the disciples, on 11 th February 2006.
Osho, the enlightened master of the modern times, gave many discourses on the oneness of the guru and the disciple. The relationship between a master and a disciple is one of the greatest mysteries of existence. The master is a universal consciousness who functions beyond time and space and the disciple is the vehicle of the master. The disciple becomes one with the Master, attuned, in a deep accord. His heart beats in the same rhythm, he breathes in the same rhythm. The oneness becomes so absolute, that despite physical separation there is no separation.
"A disciple is a totally different phenomenon. A disciple is not a student; he is not interested in knowing about God, love, truth -- he is interested in becoming God, in becoming truth, in becoming love. Remember the difference. Knowing about is one thing, becoming is totally different. The student is taking no risk; the disciple is going into the uncharted sea."_Osho
Ma Yog Laxmi was one such disciple of Osho, whose birthday will be celebrated by Osho lovers and disciples with meditations on 12 th February. Osho World dedicates this week to Ma Yog Laxmi, the epitome of a disciple and every disciple, on the path of self-seeking.
Ustad Akram Khan received his initial training in music from Late Ustad Niazu Khan who was famous for his technical style and guidance. He is also fortunate to have learnt from his great grandfather Ustad Mohd. Shafi Khan. He continues his riyaz and training under the able guidance of his father Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan.
Ustad Akram Khan has undergone formal training at the Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad and has passed the Sangeet Praveen (Master of Music) from there apart from Sangeet Visharad at Chandigarh.
Ustad Akram Khan began by performing at a very young age and since then he has been participating in prestigious festivals across the globe. In 1987, he performed with Ustad Vilayat Khan in Japan and in 1992, he accompanied the maestro to the United States. He has performed before enthralled audiences at the Kennedy center and the Lincoln Center in the US.
He was a part of the celebration for 50 years of India's independence in India as well as abroad. In 1993, he was appointed professor in the University of Washington Seattle.
Ustad Akram Khan has the distinction of having provided table accompaniment to some of the legendary maestros in the world of Indian classical music like Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Rajan Sajan Mishra and Ustad Shujaat Khan.
The quality of his performance has won for him respectable place in the music world as a soloist and as an accompanying artist. His performances are highly appreciated and acknowledged by his admirers and critics alike.
"When the disciple has blossomed into disciplehood and he understands completely the meaning of his guru's words and gestures, he is ripe. Then a silent communication, without gestures, without any linguistic symbols, is possible. This telepathic communication is the secret of the relationship. It is the most secret key of communion between guru and disciple. Only when this becomes possible has the disciple been accepted. Then there is no question of time and space. Then, wherever the disciple is, things can be communicated to him."