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USTAD AMJAD ALI KHAN (article first published : 2006-09-23)

Following hot on the heels of the extremely successful Shujaat Husain Khan concert held in August, another Indian maestro graces the city of Durban.

The highly acclaimed Indian sarod player and composer, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, comes to Durban for one concert only in the Durban City Hall on 2 October at 20h00.

The concert is by invitation only and is presented as a gesture of goodwill by New National Assurance in association with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Consulate of the Government of India Durban.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was born in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh in 1945 He is the sixth-generation sarod player in his family and his ancestors have developed and shaped the instrument over several hundred years. Khan was taught by his father Hafiz Ali Khan, a musician to the royal family of Gwalior; he was born to the Bangash lineage rooted in the Senia Bangash School of music and is the sixth generation inheritor of this lineage. He was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

Amjad Ali Khan has developed a unique style of playing the sarod. The key innovations in his style are compositions based on vocal music, the technical ability to play highly complex phrases on the sarod spanning three octaves and the emphasis on simple and elegant compositions. His technical mastery and control over his instrument is unsurpassed - a fact acknowledged by most musicians.

Amjad Ali Khan has had a successful career spanning over 40 years and continues to be one of the busiest classical musicians in India.

For more information about the concert, contact Trudy Naidoo from New National Assurance on 031 306 1504.




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