One of Northern India’s greatest musicians will perform at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Lafayette College’s Williams Center for the Arts, 317 Hamilton St.
Amjad Ali Khan, the reigning master of the sarod, a stringed instrument used mainly in Indian classical music, will be joined in concert by sons, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, who are being hailed as the “next generation” of musical masters on the ancient instrument. Two tabla masters will add percussive richness to the darkly hued tones of the sarod.
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (610) 330-5009 weekdays from noon to 2 p.m., 4 to 5 p.m. and one hour before the show.
In addition, at 11 a.m. on the day of the show, Khan will conduct a 75-minute lecture performance in the auditorium of the Williams Center. The demonstration is free and open to the public.
Amjad Ali Khan is one of the few maestros who consider his audience to be the soul of his motivation. He once said, “There is no essential difference between classical and popular music. Music is music. I want to communicate with the listener who finds Indian classical music remote.”
In 2009, Khan was nominated for a Grammy award in the best traditional world music album category for the album Ancient Sounds, a joint-venture with Iraqi oud soloist Rahim Alhaj. On the ninth anniversary of 9/11, Amjad Ali Khan gave a Peace Concert at the United Nations in New York in the presence of the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
Amjad Ali Khan is a regular performer at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, the Opera House in Australia and other iconic venues. As a musical ambassador for world peace, Amjad Ali Khan has been honored at numerous UNESCO gatherings, and was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize in 1995.
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