On Tuesday 30 April Khan joins us at Southbank Centre for a special performance alongside his sons – and celebrated sarod players in their own right – Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash. In anticipation of this concert we take a look back at a quintet of memorable performances from the sarod master.
Khan’s April concert won’t be his first Southbank Centre appearance, indeed it’s only a couple of years since we last saw him. In September 2016 Khan joined us as part of Darbar festival to give this remarkable and entertaining performance alongside tabla players Kumar Bose and Anindo Chatterjee. This video from the festival really shows off the musicians’ dexterity and brilliance in a fantastic recital come musical dual.
In 2014 Khan was invited to give a performance at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. Joined by his sons Amaan and Ayaan and the noted tabla player Satyajit Talwalkar, Khan chose to perform his ‘Raga for Peace’ for the packed auditorium, a composition which showcases both his sarod and vocal skills.
Throughout his many years of performing Khan has forged his own diacritic style of sarod-playing, one noted for his clear and fast ekhara taans. These distinctive rhythms can be enjoyed in this 2008 recording from a performance given in Germany’s Kölner Philharmonie. Though the camera quality of this clip isn’t the best there’s no disguising the incredible sound of AKhan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan on the sarod, accompanied here by tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee and Stephanie Bosch on tampura.
On 15 August, India celebrates its Independence Day, marking the day in 1947 that modern day India gained independence from British rule. As part of the 2018 celebrations, the telecommunications company Airtel commissioned Khan to record a very special version of the country’s national anthem. Joined once again by his sons Amaan and Ayaan, the trio performed this beautiful version of the anthem specially arranged by Sawan Dutta.
2018 also saw Khan return to Oslo for a series of performances including this intimate concert in the NRK Radio Concert Hall. Joined once again by Tanmoy Bose on tabla, Khan’s recital included this performance of Ekla Cholo, composed by Rabindranath Tagore, in which his playing shows off a delicateness to the sarod that’s not always showcased in concert performance.