Iconic Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, along with his two sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash came together after 5 years for a performance in Mumbai on Sunday. During media interaction, Ayaan said, Today’s concert puts an end to the thought that classical music does not have an audience.
Ayan who has released Sufi music albums like ‘Rang’ in 2012 and ‘Headwaters’ in October 2013 said, it was an honor to perform in front of the Gateway of India. “Because I think this monument (Gateway Of India) connects to every Indian today. I think it stands for solidarity. Today’s concert also puts an end to the thought that classical music does not have an audience. At 6:30 in the morning, we had so many people, who made an effort to come on time and stay there for 2 and a half hours.”
“This is a blessing we have in Maharashtra, Bengal and so many other states, that music is a way of their life and it will continue. Classical music is so richly rooted to who we are as people. It is in our DNA and I hope in coming years it remains like this.“ he added.
Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash completed 25 years of their music career, and on occasion; they surprised their father by playing ‘Lalit’ raga which is changing for any classical musician to try. When asked to comment on the same Ustad Amjad Ali Khan said, “I am very happy and grateful to God that they are so committed and dedicated to their art. Also that they are compassionate and kind human beings. Classical music is a long journey and I am glad that slowly and gradually they are accepted by the whole world.”
Presented by Pancham Nishad, in association with Cultural Department of Maharashtra and Mumbai Port Trust, the concert titled, “Spiritual Morning” lasted for two-hour on Sunday morning.