‘Music has no language’

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The depth of existentialist theology of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has often been drowned by the haunting melodies of his Sarod.

But his perception on matters that concern the soul are subordinate only to his unparalleled mastery over the instrument he plays. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan who performed in the city on Sunday, laid bare the moral premise that forms the bedrock of his musical prowess to presspersons during an interaction on Monday.

“Leave religion out of it,” he said, referring to the politicisation of religious beliefs across the globe.

Hailing music as the panacea of all ills, he argued that the twelve simple notes of music had brought the world together. “Language creates barriers; but music has no language. It just has one pure, incorruptible element and that is sound. I was born to be a slave to this divine creation called sound,” he said. I t is the meaning of my life,” he said.

Drifting closer to his domain, he shared his perspective on the challenges posed by electronic music to traditional forms. “It simply lacks human touch,” he said.

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