From his first public recital at the tender age of six years old, the living legend has gone on to receive the UNESCO award, the Indian civilian award Padma Vibhushan and honorary citizenship of three US cities amongst other accolades, whilst enjoying an international career spanning five decades.
“There is no essential difference between classical and popular music. Music is music. I want to communicate with the listener who finds Indian classical music remote.”
Amjad Ali Khan
From appearances in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including Symphony Hall Birmingham, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and New York’s Carnegie Hall to performances at WOMAD, the BBC Proms and the Dalai Lama’s World Festival of Sacred Music, Khan has also collaborated with Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin and Charlie Byrd amongst others.
“Using nails rather than fingertips is just one of the complications of Khan’s approach to the notoriously challenging Indo-Persian instrument. Yet his performance conveyed ease and grace, not difficulty. Widely considered to be the greatest sarodist active today, Khan showed immense versatility as well as subtlety.”
The Washington Post, 2008
Amjad Ali Khan possesses charisma and invention born of a unique musical heritage. As a direct descendant of royal court players in Gwalior – a city known as the musical capital of India – the sixth generation maestro shares an incredible relationship with the very instrument his ancestors refined and developed. A great great great grandfather, Mohammad Hashmi Khan, was recorded as having travelled from Afghanistan with a rabab and modifying it in the mid-1700s.
His concert at Town Hall Birmingham is supported by sampad and is in association with Radio XL.