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Birth name  Masoom Ali Khan
Role  Musician ·
Name  Amjad Khan

Instruments  sarod
Education  Modern School
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Born  9 October 1945 (age 70) Gwalior, Central Provinces and Berar, British Raj (1945-10-09)
Genres  Hindustani classical music
Associated acts  Hafiz Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan, Gurdev Singh
Spouse  Subhalakshmi Barua Khan (m. 1976)
Children  Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan
Parents  Rahat Jahan, Hafiz Ali Khan
Albums  Maestro's Choice (Sarod) - Series One, Tribute to Germany, Moksha
Similar People  Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan, Ali Akbar Khan, Hafiz Ali Khan, Bismillah Khan

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Amjad Ali Khan (IAST: Amjad Ali Khan, Devanagari: अमजद अली ख़ान) (born 9 October 1945) is an Indian classical musician who plays the Sarod. Khan was born into a musical family and has performed internationally since the 1960s. He was awarded India's second highest civilian honor Padma Vibhushan in 2001.


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Born on 9 October 1945 as Masoom Ali Khan, the youngest of seven children, to Gwalior court musician Hafiz Ali Khan and Rahat Jahan. His family is part of the Bangash lineage and Khan is in the sixth generation of musicians; his family claims to have invented the sarod. His personal name was changed by a sadhu to Amjad. Khan received homeschooling and studied music under his father. In 1957, a cultural organization in Delhi appointed Hafiz Ali Khan as its guest and the family moved to Delhi. Friends of Hafiz Ali convinced him of the importance of formal schooling for his son; as a result, Amjad was taken to meet the Principal of Modern School in New Delhi and admitted there as a day scholar. He attended Modern School from 1958 to 1963.

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Khan first performed in the United States in 1963 and continued into the 2000s, with his sons. He has experimented with modifications to his instrument throughout his career. Khan played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and worked as a visiting professor at the University of New Mexico. In 2011, he performed on Carrie Newcomer's album Everything is Everywhere.

Amjad Ali Khan Official website of Sarod Virtuoso and Composer Amjad Ali Khan

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Khan was awarded 21st Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award. Khan received Padma Shri in 1975, Padma Bhushan in 1991, and Padma Vibhushan in 2001, and was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1989 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for 2011. He was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2004. The U.S. state Massachusetts proclaimed 20 April as Amjad Ali Khan Day in 1984. Khan was made an honorary citizen of Houston, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee, in 1997, and of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2007. He received the Banga-Vibhushan in 2011. Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, who has shared his rich experience in Indian classical music in classes across the West, will now teach for a quarter (three months) at Stanford University, this course will have lessons on Sarod as well.

A Gulzar directed documentary on Amjad Ali Khan won Filmfare award in 1990.

Personal life

As a young bachelor, Amjad had an affair with an older woman, who was a divorcee and a mother. The affair lasted eight years (1967–75), but the lady did not wish to get married a second time, because of her previous bad experience with marriage. Amjad's family disapproved of the relationship from the very beginning, and in the early 1970s, as his father's health deteriorated, they convinced him to let go of this relationship and marry a girl chosen by them. Amjad finally agreed to their wishes around the time of his father's death in 1972. However, although his wife came from similar background and was the same age as he, Amjad did not bond with her, perhaps because in his mind, he had still not let go of the divorced woman. He kept in touch with that other woman and maintained a platonic friendship with her, which was not acceptable to his wife. Hardly a year after their wedding, Amjad and his wife were blessed with a daughter. However, the marriage broke down completely around the time of the birth of the child. The process of separation and divorce was painful to the couple and also to their families. An unexpected outcome was that the process of divorce cured Amjad of his attachment to the divorced woman, by showing him the difference in thinking and mindset between them, and gave him a clearer understanding of his cultural moorings and priorities. He finally bid goodbye to the divorced woman in 1975, and was divorced from his wife the same year. Amjad's first wife quickly got married a second time. The daughter born of this first marriage was raised by Amjad's brother, Rehmat Ali Khan, who was childless.

The following year, on 25 September 1976, Khan got married a second time. His bride was Bharatanatyam dancer Subhalakshmi Barooah, a Hindu woman hailing from Assam in north-eastern India. They have two sons, Amaan and Ayaan, both of whom are performing artists trained in music by their father.

Khan cared for his diabetic father until he died in 1972. Their family home in Gwalior was made into a musical center and they live in New Delhi.


  • North India: Instrumental Music of Medieval India (1994, Ocora)
  • Ragas Bilaskhani Todi & Brindabani Sarang (1994, Navras Records)
  • The Rough Guide to the Music of India and Pakistan (1996, World Music Network) (contributing artist)
  • Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan with sons Amaan Ali Bangash & Ayaan Ali Bangash (2001, Chhanda Dhara)
  • Music from the 13th Century (2005, Navras Records)
  • Moksha (2005, Real World Records)
  • Confluence (2005, Navras Records) (jugalbandi with singer Girija Devi)
  • My Inspirations (2006, Navras Records)
  • Romancing The Rains (2007, Navras Records)
  • Samaagam (2011, World Village) (with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra)
  • Masterworks From The NCPA Archives (2012, Navras Records)
  • References

    Amjad Ali Khan Wikipedia