A select group of Hindustani classical music lovers was mesmerised by rivetting tunes at the Epicentre on Monday. Ustad Alam Khan, 29, son and disciple of legendary sarod maestro late Ali Akbar Khan, enthralled an audience with both young and old classical music aficionados.
The audience had their eyes closed in devotion when he started with the evening raga Yaman Kalyan. The other ragas that followed, Behag and Mishra Pilu, turned the mood romantic.
Ustad Khan was accompanied on Tabla by Indranil Mallik of the Lucknow Gharana.
The evening had been organised by the Aravali Arts And Cultural Centre.
Arun Bharat Ram of the Shri Ram Foundation said, “It was a memorable evening and we look forward to Ustad Alam perform here again.”
Ayush Mohan Gupta, a budding Sarod player was overwhelmed with the performance. “I have always looked up to great maestros like Ustad Alam. This evening will remain as a beautiful memory of the soothing ragas that he played,” Gupta said.
Khan teaches at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in San Rafael near San Francisco where he grew up. He developed fondness for Hindustani classical music after he began training at the Maihar Senia Gharana at the age of seven.
A believer in the traditional ‘guru-shishya’ spirit of music learning, the US-based young ustad always wanted to be a musician. He started playing the sarod at the age of 16 under his father’s guidance.