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Amjad Ali Khan biography, age, birthday, family, performances

Amjad Ali Khan, Indian Sarod Player. Check out Amjad Ali Khan biography, performances, concerts, birthday, age, family, achievements, some lesser known facts

Amjad Ali Khan Biography

Name Amjad Ali Khan
Birth Name Masoom Ali Khan
Occupation Indian classical musician who plays Sarod
Known for Sarod player who has contributed immensely to Indian Classical music

Personal Life

Important dates Birthday: 9 October 1945
Important places Birth place: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Nationality Indian
Educational qualifications He received homeschooling and also studied music under his father

Modern School in New Delhi

Family Father: Hafiz Ali Khan

Mother: Rahat Jahan

Siblings: Rehmat Ali Khan

Spouse: Subhalakshmi Barooah

Children: Amaan and Ayaan

Professional life

Basic Career Information Amjad Ali khan is a distinguished maestro in the field of playing Sarod. He is popularly known as the “Sarod Samrat”. In fact, he is the 6th generation Sarod player in his family. The credit of changing Sarod into a classical musical instrument goes to his ancestors of the Bangash lineage who originated from the Senia Bangash School of Music. The current day Sarod has been derived from modifying ancient folk instrument of Iran which is also known as Rabab.
Achievements and


1.       Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

2.       Padma Shri

3.       Padma Bhushan

4.       Padma Vibhushan

5.       Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2004

6.       Amjad ali Khan was made an honorary citizen of Houston, Texas in 2007

Lesser Known Facts

1.       His family is part of the Bangash lineage. The family is also credited with the creation of the musical instrument sarod

2.       He gave his first solo recital at a very young age of merely twelve years

3.       Amjad ali Khan is in the sixth generation of musicians from his family

4.       He has also worked as a visiting professor at University of New Mexico

5.       Khan played along with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra named as The Melody of Rhythm’’

6.       Amjad Ali Khan actually plays the Sarod instrument with his finger nails and not with his finger tips. In fact, this offers a much clearer ringing sound and is often considered to be the most difficult technique to apply on the instrument

7.       He has also given several performances in marquee locations like Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, , Royal Albert Hall, House of Commons, Kennedy Center, Singapore, Mozart Hall in Frankfurt, Chicago Symphony Center, Opera House in Australia and St. James Palace

8.       A documentary direct by Gulzar on Amjad Ali Khan also won Filmfare award in 1990


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