Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is one of the foremost Sarod players in India and has carved a niche for himself in the Hall of Fame of Indian classical music. He has achieved immense popularity in India as well as abroad and has equally regaled connoisseurs and lay listeners of classical music.
He imparts a rare aesthetic experience to his audiences with his creative. imagination, consummate artistry and an imposing stage presence. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan belongs to an illustrious family of musicians, Ustad Nanne Khan and Ustad Murad Ali Khan. His father, Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan had received training from the great Wazir Khan of Rampur. Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan who was among the first few to receive Padma Bhushan gave intensive training to his sons, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his two brothers.
The creative genius of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan found expression in several enchanting melodies composed by him. He has composed raga Priyadarshini and Kamalashree in memory of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. The names of other melodies composed by him are Shivanjali, Haripriya Kanada, Kiran Ranjani, Suhag Bhairav, Lalit Dhwani, Shyam Shri and Jawahar Manjari.
He has been closely associated with several charitable organizations like the Spastics Society of India, the Indian Cancer Society, Blind Association and others.
He has trained many disciples who have blossomed into mature, performing artistes. In nurturing and propagating Indian classical music he is committed to the cause of fostering musical appreciation amongst school children. He is dedicated to the preservation and popularization of Indian classical music through Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Memorial Society which he founded in memory of his Guru and father. The society presents an annual Award to eminent artistes and organizes music festivals every year in different parts of the country.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is the
recipient of several awards (and honours) some of which are
Sarod Samrat, UNESCO Award, Padmashree, Kala Ratna,
Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Tansen Award and Padma Bhushan.
Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan
He is a renowned Tabla player especially known for
his sober but assertive style of playing. He was trained in the
Delhi Gharana under his father Cchamma Khan. He has accompanied
many eminent musicians for performances in India and abroad.