An evening in Paris with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan , 27th September 2008

Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is all set to give a solo recital in France on September 27. The legendary artist has been invited by the prestigious Cité de la Musique in Paris to participate in a night long concert.

During an interaction with French journalists at Alliance Française here on September 8th, the 62 year old Sarod star said that he was looking forward to his participation in the concert. “ I have been given a two hour slot between 11 p.m to 1 a.m. My solo Sarod recital in June near Nantes was very satisfying.”

Looking back at 1971 when he gave his first solo concert in France, the legendary artist said, “ I always look forward to go to France. I admire the French architecture, the music, the food and the wine. I hope, people who love Indian music, know of my participation in the concert. I would love to perform some day in France with my sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan. I would also like to collaborate with a leading French musician, a cello, guitar or violin player.’’

The interaction gave journalists an insight into the lesser known aspects of the Maestros’s life such as the fact that he could hardly continue formal education in one of Delhi’s best public schools. “ I am indebted to school as it taught me to face the world. But If I had remained in school, it would have ruined my creativity.

The maestro who gave his first recital when he was only six years old says that Sarod is a
modification of the Afghan instrument ‘ Rabab’. He takes pride in mentioning that it was modified by his forefathers. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, born to the illustrious Bangash lineage rooted in the Senia Bangash School of music, shoulders the sixth generation inheritance of this legendary lineage.

“ When I’m performing, I am taking you back to that era from where music is coming. I feel connected to God when I am performing. I don’t rehearse before my performance. After the concert, I don’t remember what I did. That is the good and bad thing about classical music because we cannot give two identical performances.”

Described as “ one of the 20th century’s greatest masters of the Sarod,” by the songlines World Music Magazine, UK 2003, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has been decorated with several awards in India and abroad- the most prominent being the Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian award in India in 2001 and the Commander of the order of Arts and letters by the French government and the 15th Fukuoka Asian Culture grand prize in Japan./.

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