Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s illustrious career has lasted almost seven decades since his debut at the age of six. His Bangash lineage ancestors gave shape to the modern sarod, and he first learned it from his father Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan, going on to master both the slides of gayaki ang (singing style) and the rapid picking of tantrakari ang (instrumental style).
He made his US debut in 1963, and has since collaborated with choirs, jazz groups, and symphony orchestras alongside a constant schedule of classical performance. Over the years he has devoted himself to expanding the instrument’s physical capabilities: “From the time it was first invented the sarod has been modified...Even now, I am still redesigning and modifying, making the drum smaller or the bridge higher. I'm always looking for a different kind of resonance”.
Widely recognised as one of his instrument’s leading modern masters, Amjad sees his music as an attempt to create peace as well as beauty. He credits his father with opening his eyes to the universality of spiritual practice, and went on to play at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. He now tours to worldwide acclaim with his sarod-playing sons Amaan and Ayaan.
"If someone asks me for the meaning of Indian classical music, I say it lies in freedom and discipline. You should not try to understand it - the music should be felt and experienced."
Darbar believes in the power of Indian classical music to stir, thrill, and inspire. Explore our YouTube channel, or subscribe to the Darbar Concert Hall to watch extended festival performances, talk and documentaries in pristine HD and UHD quality.
Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya is a leading sarod maestro from Kolkata. He started training under his sitar-playing...read more
Ustad Wajahat Khan is acclaimed as a sarod master, but hails from the illustrious Imdadkhani sitar gharana - his...read more
Debasmita Bhattacharya is one of India’s finest young sarod players. She balances a deep knowledge of classical forms...read more
Abhishek Borkar is rapidly gaining recognition as one of India’s finest young sarod players. His father Pandit...read more
Download our app and watch on the go
New exclusive releases every month
Watch anytime, anywhere
Free for 3 days. Cancel anytime.
Keep up to date with the latest news, events, music and musings across our social channels
For hundreds more clips and shorts, vist our YT page here
Be the first to hear before events go on sale. Get the latest news and articles from Darbar