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Twin delight for city music lovers

india Updated: Apr 29, 2011 00:41 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times
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After several performances across India and abroad, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan are having their first public performing at Powergrid Auditorium in Gurgaon on Friday.

"We performed at some private events eight years ago, but this is our first public performance," says Amaan. Organised in association with Aravali Centre for Art and Culture, the evening promises to take you into the world of classical music.

Dispelling the myth that classical music is declining in popularity, the musical maestros say they have seen a steady increase in the number of audience for this genre.

"Classical music always had a select audience. It is music for the soul and a reflection of the musician's journey," says Ayaan. "Classical music is like sushi, which needs an acquired taste while Bollywood music, which is more popular and catchy, is like butter chicken," he explains.

"Getting a packed hall of 4,000 to 5,000 people for a concert is heartwarming. This is the best phase for classical music and we are lucky to be a part of it," say Ayaan.

The duo is also open to film offers but prefer to tow the line carefully.

The two brothers have amazing onstage chemistry, although they are as different as chalk and cheese once off it.

"I think it is important to know and respect each other well. Our understanding of each other translates into the chemistry you see on stage," says Ayaan. The duo loves to perform together although they have never practiced together simultaneously. "That is what makes our 'jugalbandi' so interesting," says Amaan, who is two years elder to Ayaan. Then event starts at 7pm, Powergrid Auditorium, Sector 43. Fans say classical music is making a comeback among youth connoisseurs.

With many cultural centres opening up in Gurgaon, it is fast becoming a hub for music festivals as well as food festivals. Every day budding artists from across the country are coming to Gurgaon to showcase their work. With better connectivity and exposure, such activities will only increase.