London: The latest album of sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan featuring some of the favourite hymns of Mahatma Gandhi was released here with the acclaimed musician predicting a bright future for Indian classical music.
Titled ‘Remembering Mahatma Gandhi´, the album has six songs including ‘Raghupati Raghav Rajaram´, Ekla Cholo Re’ and ‘Vaishnav Jan To´ renditioned on sarod by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Ayaan and Amaan.
Releasing the album last night, Indian High Commissioner to the UK Kamalesh Sharma said Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has been one of the greatest “ambassadors of Indian culture.” Answering questions from a select gathering at the Nehru Centre, Khan said the future of Indian classical music is “bright.”
“India has maximum number of musicians-over 100 sarod players and more than 500 tabla artists,” he said. But the Ustad lamented that barring the state broadcaster Doordarshan, television channels were contributing little to promote classical music and Indian culture.
“Only Doordarshan is showing classical music and documentaries of great musicians,” he said. 62-year-old Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, who described Indian music as “the sun which has thousands of rays”, is the sixth-generation sarod player in his family and his ancestors have developed and shaped the instrument over several hundred years.