“Play Like a Lion” Airing on PBS in New York City

Play Like a Lion, directed by Joshua Dylan Mellars, has four upcoming airings in New York City on PBS flagship WNET’s ALL ARTS channel.

The first broadcast is on Friday, May 19 at 9 PM.. The film also airs Monday, May 22 at 1 AM, Sunday, May 28 at 3:30 PM and Wednesday,. May 31 at 5 PM.

Award-winning Play Like a Lion travels India to explore the origins and legacy of iconic Indian sarodist Ali Akbar Khan’s music—through the eyes of his son Alam. Carlos Santana, the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, slide guitarist Derek Trucks, jazz saxophonist John Handy, virtuoso sarodist Aashish Khan, tabla masters Zakir Hussain and Swapan Chaudhuri provide commentary in the film and Mark Cohen narrates. 

Play Like a Lion TV Promo

Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, who introduced Indian classical music to the US at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1955, was “The Emperor of Melody,” a national treasure in India and the US, a multi-Grammy nominee, and according to renowned master violinist Lord Yehudi Menuhin, “possibly the greatest musician in the world.”

Play Like a Lion is currently airing on PBS stations nationwide.