New Delhi: Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and presented him his book ‘Master on Masters’.
The book, ‘Master on Masters, has been written on a very personal note. It is about the lives and times of some of the greatest icons of Indian classical music. Having known these stalwarts personally, the Sarod maestro brings them alive by recalling anecdotes and details about their individual musical styles.
Twelve eminent musicians of the twentieth century appear in the book – Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Amir Khan, Begum Akhtar, Alla Rakha, Kesarbai Kerkar, Kumar Gandharva, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Bhimsen Joshi, Bismillah Khan, Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan and Kishan Maharaj.
In writing about them, Amjad Ali Khan transcends the Gharana and north-south divide, and presents portraits of these great artists that are drawn with affection, humour and warmth.
In his introduction, written so passionately, Khan sahib, draws attention to the kind of music being churned out these days. He writes: “electronic and social media are largely encouraging the kind of music which is not classical. But true classical musicians are not created by the media. The listeners of our country are fairly selective. Nobody can impose an artist on them. The only way for a young musician to succeed is to work hard, practice rigorously and maintain strict discipline. This is not restricted to music alone, but extends to Indian rules of etiquette ( Tahzeeb and tameez) as well.”