Concert for a cause

DELHIITES WILL get the opportunity to watch Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, sons of sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, join hands with tabla wizard Zakir Hussain for a noble cause when they perform on December 12 in aid of the Srimanta Sankardeva Bhawan, a cultural centre for research, development and training in the famous Sattriya dance and other form of folk dances, music and drama in the Capital.

The show, "An Ode to Heritage 2003", to be held at Sir Shankarlal Hall in the Modern School Complex on Barakhamba Road here, under the auspices of the Assam Association, Delhi, will be special for another reason: Amaan and Ayaan, who are proud of their connection with Assam through their mother, former Bharatanatyam danseuse Subhalaxmi Barua Khan, will play, for the first time in public, a piece based on the famous Bihu music of the State, apart from a piece based on traditional Borgeeet tunes composed by the 15th Century saint Srimant Sankardeva or Jikir composed by Sufi saint Ajan Pir. This will be in addition to an ensemble of evening ragas which they will perform with Ustad Zakir Hussain.

For Amaan and Ayaan, who represent the seventh generation in an unbroken chain of the Senia Bangash school of sarod exponents, the concert also comes at an important juncture of their career, as they are soon to debut as music directors on the silver screen through the Roger Christian-directed and Bobby Bedi-produced English film, "American Daylight".

The charity concert will be the latest example of the famous sarod maestro's family's close involvement with Srimanta Sankardeva Bhawan project, land for which was acquired largely with the help of another concert about a decade ago by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan himself.

The proceeds of the concert will be used to complete construction of the Srimanta Sankardeva Bhawan.

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