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Amjad Ali Khan

Amjad Ali Khan

One of the legends of Indian classical music, Amjad Ali Khan gave his first sarod recital at the age of six. His sons Amaan and Ayaan are now following in his footsteps. Ustad was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.


Dependence, our greatest strength

It is so hard to believe how nine years have just flown by. As they rightly say, all good things must...

By Amjad Ali Khan July 10, 2016

Honour artists in their prime

I am very happy with the achievements of the present generation of classical musicians. Whether they...

By Amjad Ali Khan June 19, 2016

Blender's pride

Creative people and artists are the ones who have to 'wait' the most during elections across the world,...

By Amjad Ali Khan June 05, 2016

Ambassadors of music

I had the pleasure of performing twice for The Center for India Studies at Stony Brook University. Both...

By Amjad Ali Khan May 22, 2016

Prince, the Bard and Mowgli

Condolences to the entire music fraternity on the sudden demise of Prince Rogers Nelson, the iconic...

By Amjad Ali Khan May 08, 2016

Conceiving a raga

I was very happy and honoured to lend my name and music to the cause of restoring vision to millions...

By Amjad Ali Khan April 24, 2016

Music, a way of life

A guru can help his students achieve knowledge and greatness, but he cannot change their destinies. The...

By Amjad Ali Khan April 10, 2016

Teaching in God's Own Country

Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer was known as the pitamaha of Carnatic music. I attended his concerts in...

By Amjad Ali Khan March 27, 2016

The wonder that is music

Rajasthan has a great musical legacy. Along with its very rich and traditional folk music culture, it...

By Amjad Ali Khan March 13, 2016

Grey, green and a lot of fun

I was honoured to be part of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai this month. This was the 17th...

By Amjad Ali Khan February 28, 2016

My stringed Ganga

I was recently asked how I cared for my sarod. I am unable to take care of my sarod the way European...

By Amjad Ali Khan February 14, 2016

Beginnings and endings

It was a great blessing to have witnessed the divine tranquillity of the Dalai Lama. My sons, Amaan and...

By Amjad Ali Khan January 31, 2016

Lessons from my father

December 28 marked the 43rd death anniversary of my guru and father, Haafiz Ali Khan of Gwalior. Even...

By Amjad Ali Khan January 17, 2016

Prayer beads for a drum's beat

Bengal has always been a great cultural centre, especially for classical music. My guru and father,...

By Amjad Ali Khan January 03, 2016

A planetary emergency

My heart goes out to the people of Chennai. I can imagine the kind of irreparable loss that they have...

By Amjad Ali Khan December 20, 2015
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