Ustad Amjad Ali Khan wants to promote peace through music

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March 26, 2014

NEW YORK: Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan says he is pleased that India now has a growing number of young musicians and artists who are extremely talented in playing classical instruments like the sarod, tabla and sitar.

March 26, 2014

NEW YORK: Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan says he is pleased that India now has a growing number of young musicians and artists who are extremely talented in playing classical instruments like the sarod, tabla and sitar.

Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan with sons Amaan and Ayaan performing at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

The maestro, accompanied by his sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, performed here on Monday at the ‘Music for Peace’ concert, organised by the U.N. Academic Impact and the Indian mission to the U.N. The event coincided with Nowruz, the spring festival marking the Iranian New Year.Highlighting the role of music in promoting peace, Mr. Khan said he was keen on music being used as a means to spread peace and tranquillity. The concert was attended by India’s Permanent Representative to the U.N., Asoke Mukerji, and other envoys and diplomats. Mr. Mukerji said the performance demonstrated the “innate humanity that binds us all together and expresses itself through music.” Mr. Khan rendered Ekla Chalo Re and Vaishnava Jana to on the sarod.

He and his sons received a standing ovation at the end of the nearly half-hour performance.


Courtesy: PTI