Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has alleged that the Madhya Pradesh cultural department has been ignoring his family and has not paid any tribute to his father, late Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan, whose 42nd death anniversary is being observed on Sunday.
"Today is the 42nd death anniversary of my pita Guru Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan Saheb. In these 42 years, Madhya Pradesh's cultural department has not offered any tribute or homage to the legendary sarod guru of Gwalior.
"Our family is ignored and boycotted by Madhya Pradesh's cultural department," 69-year-old Khan said.
He rued that though he and his sons have been invited to play at prestigious events, including at the recent Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo, we have "never been invited by the state cultural department to perform even in my hometown Gwalior for Tansen Music Festival."
Khan and his two sons Amaan and Ayaan played at Oslo the 'raga for peace', which had a message of peace, harmony and non-violence.
"It is really sad that our whole family has been boycotted. Gwalior and Sarod Ghar are my birth place. This is a very sad thing in the land of Tansen. He is our inspiration and Guru Gharana known as Senia Gharana," Khan said.
Gwalior's Sarod Ghar is a unique institution devoted to promoting Indian classical music, heritage and culture under the aegis of Haafiz Ali Khan Memorial Trust.