Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and his two sons Amaan and Ayaan staged live with musicians from across the world in Washington. The father and two sons performed for the Chant4Change peace concert at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial on Saturday night.
The programme aimed at projecting music as a healing, unifying force to the wounded and terror-infested universe.
We three -- my two sons and I -- performed while it was drizzling. We dedicated our concert to world peace and harmony. We paid our humble tribute to Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and Hazrat Amir Khusro who created the qawwali and tarana singing styleAmjad Ali Khan
He added that an unique number was played for the historical Chant4Change.
“The first item was ‘We shall overcome...’ version ‘Hum honge kamyaab’. Then we rendered ‘Vaishnava jana to’, ‘Ramdhun’, ‘Raghupati raghav rajaram’, ‘Ekla cholo re’ and then we sang a tarana. We ended with Bengali folk music. We hope the whole world soon realizes the value of peace and harmony,’ he said.
According to Khan it is our responsibility to give the younger generations a peaceful and harmonious world. “Our family feels very sad when we hear about young soldiers dying in the war, no matter which country, he said. “We feel connected with every soul, every religion and every song of the world."
“ India was one before the Partition. That is why even today, it's Indian classical music that unifies the two countres and their people. We could only divide the land, but could not divide the music," he said.
Addressing the US citizens, the Sarod magician said that US should not encourage people to openly buy weapons, especially for the younger generation, as it is very dangerous to have non-licensed weapons.
Taking a dig at the politicians across the globe, he said the greatest mockery is that every political leader talks of peace and harmony, and at the same time every country is busy producing weapons, guns and missiles.
"The future of the world looks aimless and bleak. The world is heading towards destruction... I hope the world soon understand the value of love peace and harmony." He made a plea for artistes to be exempted from political agendas.
Art, music and musicians don’t belong to any cult or religion. Like flowers, air, water, colour, fire and fragrance, we of the artistic fraternity also belong to no religion. In our country, every classical musician is worshiped like Goddess Saraswati. If we can’t help each other, for god’s sake, don’t destroy each other. Think seriously about the future of every childAmjad Ali Khan