An evening with maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan as author, 25 April 2013 [fr]

An evening with maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan as author at Embassy of France in India

H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, had the pleasure of hosting an evening in honour of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, world famous musician who recently released his memoir, published by Roli Books. Ustadji presented his book entitled My Father, Our Fraternity: The Story of Haafiz Ali Khan and My World and was in conversation with Vidya Shah, famous composer, musician, and writer.

My Father, Our Fraternity: The Story of Haafiz Ali Khan and My World is an intensely personal memoir that brings alive the rich classical music tradition from the early twentieth century to the present. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan offers an insider’s view of this era, through the life and times of his father, the famous sarod icon, Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan. He also affords us a glimpse into the deeply held traditions of Indian classical music, like the guru-shishya parampara, and the unique ways in which taleem (training) is imparted. As Amjad Ali Khan grows from a child prodigy to an accomplished musician, he expresses an acute sense of responsibility towards his guru and his family’s musical legacy, passed on from ancestors who created the sarod. The personal and the professional are intertwined in this book as they are in the author’s life. His friendships, relationships, and the milieu in which he has lived and performed, make for a delightful read for anyone who is interested in the classical music and musicians of India.

Amjad Ali Khan: Born to the Bangash lineage rooted in the Senia Gharana, Khan gave his first performance at the age of six. Over the course of his career, the world saw the sarod being given a new yet timeless interpretation by him. He has reinvented the technique of sarod playing, which today is distinct in its nomenclature. He has won numerous accolades including a Grammy nomination, the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and has performed at venues the world over, including the Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Married to Subhalakshmi Khan, his sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, are also very talented and celebrated sarod players.

Vidya Shah is a composer, musician, and writer from New Delhi, India. She was initially trained in Carnatic music, and later received guidance in the North Indian genres of Khayal, Thumri, Dadra, and Ghazal (from Shanti Hiranand). She has performed at national and international forums, including the Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior, The Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C, The Asia Society in New York and the Bode Museum in Berlin. A popular performer and a prolific composer, she is the recipient of the Charles Wallace Award and a Senior Fellowship from the Government of India for her project "Women on Record", a performance highlighting the contributions of the forgotten women performers of the Gramophone era.

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