A sound that unites all of us through time and place - The Indian National Anthem. Sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan who has made the country proud over the decades has come up with a special rendition of Indian National Anthem which resonates unity in diversity. The music maestro along with his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash has prepared a melodious Sarod rendition of the National Anthem ahead of India's 72nd Independence Day in association with a telecom company. In a 3-minute video, Amjad Ali Khan along with his sons Amaan and Ayaan can be seen dressed in traditional attire playing the National Anthem on their Sarod without any vocals and without using any other instruments. The video begins with the following words, '72 years, 1.3 billion people, 1 sound' invoking a strong sense of togetherness and patriotism.
In a statement issued by the 72-year-old musician, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan said, "I hope that every proud Indian connects to the ethos of our Independence Day. This is a tribute to our freedom fighters, soldiers and a celebration of the Independence of our great Nation." Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has also been honoured by many prestigious awards which include Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award. The music maestro has also been awarded Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award in April. Along with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, melody queen Asha Bhosle and actor Anupam Kher were among the recipients of Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award in their respective fields.
The Sarod maestro, along with his sons Amaan and Ayaan have previously rendered the special version of Indian National Anthem in 2015. The Indian National Anthem was originally composed by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, as Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata in Bengali. The National Anthem was for the first time sung publicly on 27 December 1911 at the Indian National Congress session in Calcutta which is now Kolkata. The epitome of classical music, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has spread the beauty of classical music globally with his performances at famous global venues including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center, the Mozart Hall in Frankfurt, St. James Pala and the Sydney Opera House.
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