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'I am single and ready to mingle'

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's elder son Amaan Ali Khan speaks on his relationship with his parents, love, sibling rivalry and music.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2008 11:02 AM IST

Stating that there is always a 'pressure' to carry forward the legacy, Sarod meastro, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's elder son Amaan Ali Khan says that he has, however, tried his level best not to get pressurised.

"There is always pressure on me since I have such a legendary father. Everyone expects us to be good and at times want to see us doing better than our father. At times, it does get a bit tough but then I am not complaining because being his son has also given me instant recognition,' Amaan, Ustad's elder son told PTI.

Amaan along with his younger brother Ayaan Ali Khan have become established sarod players themselves and have toured many countries either performing solo, duet or all three as a whole.

"It is altogether a different feeling to play with my father. He is a greatest sarod player and playing along with him is such an honour for both of us,' Amaan says.

Claiming that his relationship with his father is more formal than before he says," As kids, we never realised who our father was. As we started growing, we understood the amount of respect and awe that he commands. So, one can say that our relationship with our father is more formal than it use to be when we were just children."

It's not only the duo's music that seems to be creating waves making them attentions grabbers every time they step out but also their looks. Buoyed by their chocolaty looks, the duo have also been approached by various film makers.

"Actually it is Ayaan who is getting most of the offers. Though I myself have read quite a few of the scripts nothing has excited me enough other than just some. Though I would not like to discuss the details, you may very soon find me acting in a film," says Amaan.

Pointing out that his first love will always be music, Amaan adds, "Films are just another medium of expression and entertainment. My first love would always be Sarod."

Rubbishing off any rivalry between the two brothers he says, "We have two different styles. We have performed together on a number of occasions and will do so in the future also."

While younger brother Ayaan is getting married very soon, Amaan smiles and says, "He is the unlucky one to get hitched so soon. I am single and ready to mingle."

While he maintains that his father is his musical 'Guru', Amaan points out that his real 'Guru' is his mother. "My mother herself an established dancer when she got married. She knew that if there are two performing artists in the house, it would be very difficult for the children."

"She quit her career for our sake. Though you might be able to make a good musician, it is very difficult to make fine humans and I hope we have lived up to her expectations."

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