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Still awaiting right girl: Amaan Ali Khan

Music has to adapt itself to the times and cannot be closeted if it has to reach the youth, says sarod player Aman Ali Khan

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 18:03 IST

Music has to adapt itself to the times and cannot be closeted if it has to reach the youth, says sarod player Aman Ali Khan.

"Too much rigidity and conservatism in music is not good if it has to touch the hearts of the youth," said Amaan, the son of sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

A true musician must have the foresight to "walk with the times, if he wants his music to reach one and all, especially the youth", Amaan, who was here with his younger brother Ayaan for a live performance in support of their first electronica album Reincarnation on Saturday, told PTI.                                               

Amaan Ali Khan: In tune with time

It is not easy to attract youth, who listen to hard metal, rock and Indipop, to classical music. "It has to appeal to their senses first for them to listen to it," he said.

In fact, it would "not be wrong to say that veterans like Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute) and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (Santoor) caught the attention of the young through their film numbers", 28-year-old Amaan said.

"It is with this purpose that we decided to release our first lounge album 'Reincarnation', which is a combination of classical vocal and sarod with electronic instruments in the background, giving it a contemporary feel."

Fusion is nothing but a symbiosis of the traditional and modern, which is necessary to make music all pervasive, Amaan said. 

"My father is all for openness as long as the music is not diluted."

To a question whether the brothers had Bollywood knocking at their doors, Amaan said, "While I got two film offers, Ayaan got three, but we they were not worthwhile."

The duo have composed the music for a Hinglish film American Daylight, which is yet to be released, and are working on three thematic albums.

"After this we are going to take a break for over a year because music is not a factory to churn out numbers one after the other. It is a divine quest which needs to be pursued in peace," Amaan said.

On tying the knot, the dapper-looking Amaan said he is "ready to settle down if finds the right girl".

While he is a movie buff and loves driving, Ayaan, who is two years younger than Amaan, is also "an artist who loves to paint".

"There is perfect understanding between us and all we want to do is captivate the youth through our music while creating a larger base for classical music," Amaan said.