Amjad Ali Khan, Master of the Sarod, With Sons Amaan Ali Khan, Sarod, and Ayaan Ali Khan, Sarod
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, one of Nothern India's greatest living musicians and the leading exponent of the 19-string lute-like sarod, returns to Houston with his sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, to celebrate Asia Society Texas Center's new performing arts series, ASTC Presents!
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, who has been performing since the age of six, is the sixth in an uninterrupted lineage of music masters said to have founded the great sarod traditions. "Imagine a violin virtuoso like Itzhak Perlman also being a direct descendant of Stradivarius, and you can come close to the stature of Indian sarod master Amjad Ali Khan. Khan is a spiritual, expressive musician, a technically brilliant and inventive player..." (The Inquirer, 2000).
He has done far more than simply preserve the impact, beauty, and legacy of the sarod, Ustad Khan has single-handedly elevated the sarod to one of the most popular instruments in the Northern Indian tradition. By striking the delicate balance between innovation and respect for a timeless tradition, he has given it new dimension and texture.
His devotion to the sarod and love of the ragas — traditional melodies — has led to a global fan club that includes the likes of His Holiness The Dali Lama, Prince Charles, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He has made countless international festival appearances and has performed in the msot prestigious of venues from Carnegie Hall to Sydney Opera House to Royal Albert Hall.
Join what is certain to be an evening of stirring harmonies and complex rhythms that speak directly to the heart.