Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today and presented him a book titled ‘Master on Masters’ on the lives and times of 20 greatest icons of Indian Classical music. In his book, the maestro has written about twelve Indian musicians from the 20th century including about Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Amir Khan, Begum Akhtar, Alla Rakha, Kesarbai Kerkar, Kumar Gandharva, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Bhimsen Joshi, Bismillah Khan, Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan and Kishan Maharaj.
Khan had told the Indian Express that classical musicians such as himself are not entertainers like people from the film industry, ”Classical music is different from Bollywood music. We are not entertainers, we are taking the legacy of classical music forward”. He added that the singers like Shreya Ghoshal and Sunidhi Chauhan are doing a great job.
Earlier this month during the celebration of the inscription of the Chandigarh Capitol Complex as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Amjad Ali Khan added magic to the night by playing his sarod. Amjad Ali Khan performed with his sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali at the venue, with Governor V P Singh and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher were in attendance, as reported by the Indian Express.
At the venue the maestro said, ”Music has a language, but in the 13th century Amir Khusrau, the Sufi saint, had also created a style of singing which did not require any language. Khusrau created a language of sounds and syllables and I like him have created many taranas”.