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Amjad Ali Khan

Amjad Ali Khan
Khan performs in Kuthira Malika, Thiruvananthapuram in 2000
Background information
Birth name Masoom Ali Khan
Born (1945-10-09) 9 October 1945
Gwalior, Central Provinces and Berar, British Raj
Genres Hindustani classical music
Instruments sarod
Associated acts Hafiz Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan, Gurdev Singh

Amjad Ali Khan (Hindi: अमजद अली ख़ान; IAST: Amjad Alī Khān) (born 9 October 1945) (Urdu: امجد علی خان‎) is an Indian classical musician who plays the Sarod. Khan was born into a musical family and has performed internationally since the 1960s. He was awarded India's second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2001.


  • Early life and career 1
    • Recognition 1.1
  • Documentary 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Discography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and career

Khan was born in

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  • Amjad Ali Khan at AllMusic

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Sawhney, Anubha (23 November 2003). "Amjad Ali Khan, unplugged".  
  2. ^ a b c d Bhatia, Shyam (1 October 2002). "The sound of sarod music".  
  3. ^ a b Weisman, Steven R. (7 June 1988). "Traditionalist Reshapes India's Ancient Sarod".  
  4. ^ Rockwell, John (24 February 1991). "Review/Music; Another Indian Master, This Time of the Sarod". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 November 2009. 
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  6. ^ Ratliff, Ben (30 October 2006). "From India, a Sarod Dynasty Represented by Father and Sons". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees – Instrumental – Sarod".  
  8. ^ "Padma Awards".  
  9. ^ "Amjad Ali Khan – The 15th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes 2004". Asian Month. 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Amjad Ali Khan honoured in the US". Press Trust of India (The Times of India). 11 April 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "State honours nine with Banga-Vibhushan".  
  12. ^ "Amjad Ali Khan". IMDb. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Zakir Hussain and Bangash brothers' ode to heritage".  
  14. ^ Ramnarayan, Gowri (8 January 2006). "Commitment to tradition".  
  15. ^ Steinberg, David (11 April 2004). "Sarod player preaches music".  



Khan cared for his diabetic father until he died in 1972.[1] His family arranged a marriage, which failed, and Khan was married a second time, to Bharatanatyam dancer Subhalakshmi, on 25 September 1976.[1] Subhalakshmi Barooah Khan is a native of Assam and has stopped performing.[13] They have two sons, Amaan, the older one, and Ayaan, who were taught music by their father.[1] Khan is a Muslim and his wife is a Hindu.[2] Their family home in Gwalior was made into a musical center and they live in New Delhi.[14][15]

Amjad Ali Khan

Personal life

A Gulzar directed documentary on Amjad Ali Khan won Filmfare award in 1990.[12]


Khan has recently been awarded 21st Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award. 20 August is celebrated as harmony day, the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. Khan received the Padma Shri in 1975, the Padma Bhushan in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001, and was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1989 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for 2011.[7][8] He was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2004.[9] The U.S. state Massachusetts proclaimed 20 April as Amjad Ali Khan Day in 1984.[10] Khan was made an honorary citizen of Houston, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee, in 1997, and of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2007.[10] He received the Banga-Vibhushan in 2011.[11] Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, who has shared his rich experience in Indian classical music in classes across the West, will now teach for a quarter (three months) at Stanford University, this course will have lessons on Sarod as well.


Khan first performed in the United States in 1963 and continued into the 2000s, with his sons.[1][6] He has experimented with modifications to his instrument throughout his career.[3] Khan played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and worked as a visiting professor at the University of New Mexico.[2] In 2011, he performed on Carrie Newcomer's album Everything is Everywhere with his sons.

[5] in New Delhi and admitted there as a day scholar. He attended Modern School from 1958 to 1963.Modern School Friends of Hafiz Ali convinced him of the importance of formal schooling for his son; as a result, Amjad was taken to meet the Principal of [1]

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