Master on Masters
Veteran musician and sarod maestro, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, writes a deeply personal book about the lives and times of some of the greatest icons of Indian classical music. Having known these stalwarts personally, he recalls anecdotes and details about their individual musical styles, bringing them alive. Twelve eminent musicians of the twentieth century appear in the book - 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. In writing about them, Amjad Ali Khan transcends the Gharana and north-south divide and presents portraits of these great artists that are drawn with affection, humour and warmth.
Amjad Ali Khan is one of the undisputed masters of the music world. Born to
sarod maestro Haafiz Ali Khan, he gave his first performance at the age of six,
and is credited with reinventing the technique of playing the sarod. Over the
course of a distinguished career spanning more than six decades, Amjad Ali
Khan has won numerous accolades including a Grammy nomination, the
Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, the Sangeet Natak Akademi
Award and all three Padma Awards. He has performed at venues the world over
including Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as at the prestigious
Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2014 in Oslo, Norway. Samaagam, his first sarod
concerto, has been performed by the Britten Sinfonia, Orchestre National d'lle
de France, Orchestre d'Auvergne, London Philharmonia, Gulbenkian Orchestra,
Welsh National Opera and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Amjad Ali Khan has
also been a visiting professor at Stanford University, University of New Mexico
and Jacob's School of Music.