Amaan Ali Khan SAROD

A young talent of the seventh generation in an unbroken chain of the Senia Bangash School, Amaan Ali Khan, is the eldest son and disciple of the Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan and grandson of Haafiz Ali Khan. Initiated into the fine art of Sarod playing at a very tender age, he began his public performances as early as eight.

Accompanying his father to various music festivals in India and abroad, he has today, carved out a niche for himself. His performances have evoked creditable applause. His precision in tunefulness and his bold and resonant strokes are all pointers to importance of tradition and continuity in Indian Classical Music. Amaan is one of the most loved artists of India today and has performed in most of the mainstream Music Festivals of India, in India and abroad.

He performed in 1986 at the Festival of India in Moscow at the age of eight. Thereafter, Amaan made his UK debut in 1990 and his US debut in New York at the Asia Society in 1991.

Today, Amaan is considered as one of the finest Sarod players and has obtained a very special place for himself among music enthusiasts across the world. He is an inspiration for the younger generation of musicians. He continues to enchant audiences with his virtuosity, sheer brilliance and charismatic stage presence

Amaan has been a regular performer at Palais beaux-arts in Brussels, ESPLANADE in Singapore, Chicago Symphony Center, Carnegie Hall   and Kennedy Center in the USA, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Center in the UK. In addition he has performed for the Temenos academy   at St. James Palace in London for HRH Prince of Wales in 1995, 1997 and 2003. In 2001 and 2002 he took part at the Summer Arts Festival   in Seattle and the Edinburgh Festival in the UK. Amaan’s Australian Tour in 2003 included his performances at the World Beat Festival in   Brisbane, Opera House in Sydney and the WOMAD Festival in New Plymouth and Adelaide. He performed with Cellist Matthew Barley and the   National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in July 2002 along with a series of workshops and also worked on his critically acclaimed album   Strings Attached with A Matthew Barley. Other Festivals over the years include Womad and Salisbury Festival and the Enescu Festival in   Bucharest

In 2005 Amaan composed for the music for the film American Daylight by academy award winner Rodger Christian. The spring of 2005 saw   collaboration at the Savannah Music Festival in Georgia with the Derek Trucks Band. Same year, he featured with his father in Real World   Record’s much-acclaimed album Moksha in May 2005. In July 2006 Amaan collaborated with Evelyn Glennie at Queen Elisabeth Hall at the Rhythm Sticks Festival and also appeared at the WOMAD Rivermead Festival. His electronica lounge albums titled Reincarnation (2005) and ‘Truth’ (2006) won him critical acclaim. In 2009, he played at the United Nations in New York in presence of Ban Ki Moon to commemorate the Ode to Peace Concert along with his Father. In April 2011, , Amaan collaborated with American Folk artist Carrie Newcomer at Lotus Arts Festival in Bloomington along with his father and brother and also performed at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. He performed recently at New York’s Metropolitan Museum and The Lensic in Santa Fe. The same year, his performance with his father recorded at Wigmore Hall released under the ‘live at Wigmore Hall’ series in UK. The latest album Rang - Colors of Sufism released in March features Amaan and Ayaan’s interpretations of traditional Qawwalis on the Sarod in 2012.

Amaan released his solo album titled ‘Amaan’, in 2002. On reviewing this album, Songlines World music magazine said that his performance was a “worthy heir to his father’s crown.”

Awards and accolades came his way early in life. From 2000 to 2001, Amaan hosted a music series on Zee TV called ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’, with his brother. In October 2002, he received Provogue Society’s Young Acheivers Award for performing Arts. A recipient of the MTV’s Lycra Award for the Most Stylish person in Music in 2006, he was honoured recently by the Mayor of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma with the Keys to the City along with an Honorary Citizenship and the Bharat Shiromani Award for Instrumental music in 2007. He was also recently felicitated by the Swiss brand Raymond Weil for his achievements over the years at the launch of their new collection of timepieces titled Freelancer, in 2011.

In addition to playing the Sarod, Amaan co-authored a book with his brother, Ayaan titled ‘Abba-God’s greatest gift to us on his father’s life’ in November 2002. Roli Books, Lustre Publications published the book as a part of their ‘Family Pride’ series. Amaan has also anchored Top Drive, the all new television series on Star World that was aired from January end2003 for five episodes. He also took part in the relay for the 2004 Athens Olympics in New Delhi in June 2004. In early 2010, he co-authored his second book with Ayaan called “50 Maestros 50 Recordings” for Harper Collins and also released an album called “The Music Room” and “Sarod Symphony” with his father and guru.

Amaan performed at the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament on the commemoration of India's 60th year of Independence in 2007. Amaan recently performed at Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium at the end of his father’s Stanford University residency.

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