Published: November 19, 2018 5:34:59 pm
One of India’s best sarod masters, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, on Saturday was presented the ‘Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement’ on the Kamani Auditorium, for his “immense contribution to the enrichment and promotion of the Indian classical music”.
The award was presented to him by former diplomat Lalit Mansingh. Best identified for his clear and quick ‘ekhara taans’, Khan was born in 1945 in Gwalior. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan (2001), and is among the many tallest Indian classical musicians.
“I am so honoured and happy to be receiving this award. My life began from this corner of Mandi House,” the long-lasting sarod maestro stated on the occasion, reminiscing about his preliminary days in the Kendra. He has been related to the Kendra since his father and guru Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan joined the cultural establishment as a guru, the Kendra stated.
Khan is sixth in the lineage of a household dedicated to Indian classical music’s Senia Bangash Gharana. He first carried out when he was solely six years outdated. Khan, in a earlier electronic mail interview to IANS, had stated he couldn’t consider doing something aside from enjoying the sarod as its sound had a worldwide enchantment.
“It was my duty, my pleasure, my passion to carry on the family tradition,” he had stated, referring to the work of the generations earlier than him and his ambition to take it ahead.
The lifetime achievement award, named after Sumitra Charat Ram, the founding father of the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, was instituted in 2010, and has since then been given to Kishori Amonkar, Pandit Jasraj, Hariprasad Chaurasia and Girija Devi (in music) and Mayadhar Raut, Kumudini Lakhia, and Birju Maharaj (in dance).
Speaking about Sumitra Charat Ram on the occasion, Khan stated that she was like a mom to him. “There was my mother who delivered me, and there was Sumitra ji, who was like my mother,” he stated. Khan is married to classical dancer Subhalakshmi Khan, and has two sons and disciples, Ayaan and Amaan Ali Bangash.
The Sarod grasp has carried out in the House of Commons in London, the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi and the United Nations, New York. He has additionally taught music as visiting professor at a number of worldwide universities. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has acquired the Fellowship of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the Unesco award, UNICEF National Ambassadorship, ‘Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters’ of France, and Fukuoka Cultural Grand Prize of Japan.