Amjad Ali Khan Birthday: Indian classical sarod player Amjad Ali Khan will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow on October 9. He is best known for his clear and fast ekhara taans. Born into a classical musical family, Amjad has been performing internationally since 1960s. It should be noted that the legendary sarod player bagged India’s second-highest civilian honour Padma Vibhushan in 2001.
Amjad Ali Khan’s journey:
Amjad is the youngest child of musician Hafiz Ali Khan and Rahat Jahan and completed his studies in New Delhi. In 1963, Amjad made his first performance in the United States of America and continued performing till 2000. He has experimented with modifications to his instrument throughout his career. Later, he performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and worked as a visiting professor at the University of New Mexico.
In 2011, Amjad performed on Carrie Newcomer’s album Everything is Everywhere. He also performed with his sons in the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Khan was awarded 21st Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award and also got the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan. The U.S. state Massachusetts proclaimed 20 April as Amjad Ali Khan Day in 1984. Khan was made an honorary citizen of Houston, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee, in 1997, and of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2007.
In 1990, Gulzar directed a documentary on Amjad Ali Khan which won the Filmfare award.
If you are Amjad Ali’s fan, you will love these 6 powerful tracks, take a look:
1. Raga Pilu- Drut Gat, Taal Dadra-
2. Raga Shuddh Sarang-
3. Raga Darbari-
4. Raga Shyam Kalyan-
5. Raga Bilaskhani Todi-
6. Raga Durga-
Happy Birthday Amjad Ali Khan!