Amjad Ali Khan
Amjad Ali Khan is acknowledged throughout India as one
of its foremost classical musicians and the maestro
of his chosen instrument, the Sarod. Born in 1945 in
Gwalior, where his father was a musician to the royal
family, he made an early debut giving his first solo
recital at the age of 12 in 1958. He represents the
sixth generation of his family to inherit a classical
tradition that goes back through his father, the late
Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan to the era of the court musicians
of the Mughal Empire and the original 'Senia-Beenkar'
Gharana musical 'school' devoted to the tradition of
the legendary Mian Tansen, Ustadji learnt the Sarod
from his father.
By visiting Pakistan in 1981, he was the first Indian
musician to break the cultural silence between the two
countries. He has widely travelled and has played in
China, the UK, the USA, Moscow, Germany and Japan. He
is devoted to the cause of popularising Indian classical
music through his performances over the AIR and T.V.
In 1977, he founded the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Memorial
Society which organises concerts and also has an annual
Hafiz Ali Khan award bestowed on outstanding classical
musicians in India and aboard.
He is the recipient of many awards and honours - the
Padmashree in 1975, the Sangeet Natak Academy Award
in1989, the Tansen Award in 1989, the Padma Bhushan
in 1991 and the International Music Forum Award, Unesco
in 1970, to name a few.