‘For an easy life, people have diverted towards fusion’: Ustad Amjad Ali Khan at the lit fest in Dehradun
The curtain-raiser of the WIC India Dehradun Community Literature Festival 2017 marked the launch of Master on Masters by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The sarod maestro left a strong message to students of classical music
The curtain-raiser programme of the second edition of WIC Dehradun Community Literature Festival took place on rather an intriguing note when sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan spoke his heart out at the current state of classical music. His latest book Master on Masters focuses on the lives of some of the greatest icons of Indian classical music. “Classical music is my passion and it is my way of life. It connects me to God. Writing is not my subject, for me music is my world. Classical music is like entering into a dark tunnel. You need both riyaz and good wishes to perform well,” he said. “For an easy life, people have diverted towards fusion. While some fusions are appealing, others are confusing,” he added.
Master on Masters is a deeply personal note about the music styles of illustrious personalities such as Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Amir Khan, Begum Akhtar, Alla Rakha Khan, Kesarbai Kerkar, Kumar Gandharva, MS Subbulakshmi, Bhimsen Joshi, Bismillah Khan, Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan and Kishan Maharaj. Dedicating his book to his father, he said, “My father used to tell me that you should always learn good things from all the great musicians.”
With a progressive approach his take on traditions, he said, “I don’t believe in being conventional. It is a very unhealthy word.” He asserted that the young generation should raise questions.
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