Tuesday April 7, 2020

Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan to establish Indian Classical music academy in Punjab



By NewsGram Staff Writer

With an eye to revive the glory of Indian Classical music, Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan has accepted Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s offer to set up a modern music academy in Punjab.

The project is expected to come up either at Mohali or Mullanpur in Mohali district.

At the launch of the Gurbani album, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal felicitated both Harbhajan Singh and Amjad Ali Khan for their unique creation.

“This collection of shabads from the Gurbani Album would prove to be a ‘food for soul’ for tormented minds of millions of people in the world,” said Badal.

The Punjab state-head said that he was really impressed with Khan’s contribution in the field of music and he wished that the new school would be an ideal place for musical aspirants.

The Chief Minister also assured Khan of all necessary assistance and asked him to file a report on this project.

Khan, on his part, said that he was really passionate about starting the music academy in Punjab and that the government had already offered him a suitable land for the project.

“It is one of my cherished desire to build a music academy in my own soil. And I will work hard to promote Indian classical music in every nook and corner of the country”, said Khan.

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Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan worries about future of classical music


Jodhpur: Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, who has fascinated audiences all around the world with his honeyed music, is concerned that people are today more interested in fusion than pure classical music.

“Today people are more interested to see collaborations. Why are people more interested in fusion, what is the reason and why is it happening? It is a very big question and it bothers me,” Amjad Ali Khan told IANS in an interview on the sidelines of the World Sacred Spirit Festival (WSSF) here.

“Why are people losing interest in pure classical music? It is not only a problem in India but also of the whole world right now as they want to see more collaborations,” added the veteran artiste, who has performed around the world.

Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan mesmerised the audience with their soulful performance at the recently concluded WSSF, which saw a confluence of global musical exponents showcasing traditions from the Orient, the East and Africa.

Talking about fusion, he revealed that his sons – who just last month performed in Delhi with Grammy nominated violinist Elmira Darvarova — often decline to play such collaborative shows.

“Even my sons are invited for fusion shows but they respectfully decline saying that they would perform only if people would want to listen to the sarod,” said the father, who has impressed music aficionados for years altogether with innovation of complex ragas.

The 70-year-old musician, who has performed internationally for over four decades, doesn’t want to blame the audience if they are not able to connect with the instrument.

“If my sarod doesn’t affect the audience, then it is a minus point, an issue in me and not in the audience. The classes and masses classification has got nothing to do with the art. It is very easy to say that audience is bad, but I would say that you don’t know your art then,” asserted the Padma Vibhushan awardee.

He also lamented that despite adapting “so much from the British”, India hasn’t been able to “produce a symphony orchestra like theirs on both national and international levels”.

“Now there is however a little awareness and small orchestra groups are coming up in Chennai and Mumbai, but the sad part is that they all get musicians from outside,” Amjad Ali added.

One response to “Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan worries about future of classical music”

  1. If the music critics and concert presenters were more informed and knowlegeable and indeed truly relished the classical arts, if the media actually wrote about a variety of performers instead of just one or two, if performers were more generous with each other, recognizing an artistic culture’s need for true creative competition and tension to enrich the art, recognizing that this must win out over celebrity, then we will see more of a revival of this great tradition or at least its sustenance, This will become a time when true musicianship is recognized and rewarded and not punted aside for those few who have access to performances and concert organizers. We need to see in our media all of the artists that this great country has produced, most of whom have had to struggle mightily to learn, sacrificing their economic well-being for the love and nurturing of this profound art form. Where is the hope for most learned musicians to become a contributor to the field as artistic excellence is not valued on its own and the the doors have closed to but a few. In Europe many years ago, they began what is called “blind auditions”, wherein most artists must audition behind a curtain so to give the music itself a chance to be the chosen performer. And those who review those auditions and performance are genuine in their desire to see the art form thrive and live on.