They come across as Siamese twins, always seen in co-ordinated costumes and speaking in one voice but sarod players Ayaan Ali Khan and younger brother Amaan Ali Khan have different takes on classic music vis a vis Bollywood music.
While elder brother Ayaan says that the comparison itself is unfair, the younger one maintains that there is nothing wrong in people taking to the popular or film music."It is unfair to compare film music with classical one. While the former has a far better and deeper penetration in the society, the latter is and always would be for a niche audience," Ayaan sVoicing a different tune, Amaan said, "film music has always been very popular in our country. People have liked all genres of music in films. But it is more lyrics oriented, meaning people get attracted to the lyrical part too. It is not always the music."
The brothers, however, seem to agree on the status of classical music. "Classical music is more like wine. You do not consume it to get drunk. You have it to appreciate its taste. Film music is more like whisky," Ayaan said.