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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014
Jaipur Literature Festival
'It’s my gurudakshina to father'
Praneta Jha, Hindustan Times
Jaipur, January 27, 2013
First Published: 18:59 IST(27/1/2013)
Last Updated: 21:05 IST(27/1/2013)

He was born with a legacy to carry forward. And sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has taken it to unimaginable heights.

At 67, the globally acclaimed musician has paid yet another tribute to his father and guru, sarod legend Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan, with the book 'My Father, Our Fraternity'.

"This is my 'gurudakshina' to my father," says Khan of his book, which was released at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Sunday.

This year is the 40th death anniversary of Khan's father, who was a musician for the royal family of Gwalior. "But so far there was no book available on him, or his contemporary classical musicians, in the market," says Khan.

The book is much more than a tribute from son to father - it is a historical document about Indian classical music heritage. "It talks about my father's contemporaries, legends such as Ustad Allauddin Khan (guru of late Pandit Ravi Shankar, who was a close friend of Khan), and Inayat Khan," he says. "It also has some rare photographs from that era."

In 2002, Khan's sons Amaan and Ayaan had written a book about him, titled 'Abba: God's Greatest Gift To Us.'

The two are well-known sarod players themselves, and Khan says he is happy with the way their careers have shaped up. "Both have developed their individual identities, and have been accepted by the world."

Khan shares a friendly relationship with his sons, unlike his relationship with his own father.

"We had a 'guru-shishya' relationship. I was the youngest of seven children, so there was also a huge age difference between us," Khan says, being the sixth generation of an illustrious family that invented the sarod.

"My three elder brothers took up careers other than music, so I knew from a young age that the responsibility to carry forward our heritage was on me."


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