The scion of sarod: Amjad Ali Khan

সোমবার, ০১ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৪

01 December Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, one of the greatest sarod masters of India, has been performing internationally since the 1960s. He is scheduled to wrap up the third Bengal Classical Music Festival in Dhaka with his divine recital tonight. Born on October 9, 1945 into a musical family, today he shoulders the sixth generation of legacy in the legendary Bangash lineage, rooted in the Senia Bangash School of music.

After his stage debut at age seven, the career graph of this incredibly talented artiste took flight, and the Indian classical music scene was witness to regular, scintillating bursts of Raga supernovas. The sarod was given a new yet timeless interpretation by Amjad Ali Khan.

He has performed at the most prestigious venues across the world -- the Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Kennedy Center, Sanctuary Hall (First Indian performer), House of Commons, Theater Dela ville, Musée Guimet, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Mozart Hall in Frankfurt and the Opera House in Australia. He has performed at the WOMAD Festival in Adelaide and New Plymouth, Edinburgh Music Festival, World Beat Festival in Brisbane, Taranaki in New Zealand, Summer Arts Festival in Seattle, BBC Proms, International Poets Festival in Rome, Shiraz Festival, UNESCO, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Adelaide Music Festival, UK and in Vienna.

The maestro has, to his credit, the distinction of having created many new Ragas. It is love for music and his belief in his music that has enabled him to interpret traditional notions of music for new refreshing ways, reiterating the challenge of innovation and yet respecting the timelessness of tradition.

His two sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan are also well-known names in the music scene, termed “Coming Masters” by the New York Times. Amjad Ali Khan's wife Subhalakshmi Khan has been a great exponent of the Indian classical dance, Bharatnatyam, which she sacrificed for her family.

Khan was awarded with numerous awards and honours, including Padma Shri in 1975; Padma Bhushan in 1991; Padma Vibhushan in 2001 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1989. In 2003, the maestro received “Commander of the Order of Arts and letters” by the French Government and the Fukuoka Cultural grand prize in Japan in 2004. In April 2014, he was honored with NDTV Indian of the Year Award. The US state Massachusetts proclaimed 20 April as Amjad Ali Khan Day in 1984. Khan was made a honourary citizen of Houston, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee, in 1997, and of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2007.

As a soul, so in his heart, he is a man who has proven his indomitable belief in the integration of two of life's greatest forces -- love and music. He is a living example of a man who practices that integration each day of his life, both on stage and off stage.

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