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Moksha

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1.
06:57
2.
Vignaraja
3.
Calcutta City
4.
Ebaadat
5.
Maa Durga
6.
Atma
7.
Himaalaya
8.
Moksha

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Amjad Ali Khan was born in 1945 in Gwalior, one of the great cities of Madhya Pradesh, India. There are no musicians in India with a lineage as long and illustrious as Amjad Ali Khan - he’s the sixth-generation sarod player in his family and his ancestors have developed and shaped the instrument over two hundred years. Amjad Ali Khan is revered by an astonishing number of people and he has received a huge number of awards, but unlike many of the other Indian musicians who’ve become famous in the west he as stayed true to pure Indian classical music. For Amjad Ali Khan, his music is a serious art that deserves time and respect. He has taught his two sons Amaan and Ayaan, born in 1977 and 1979 respectively, who are starting out on solo careers.

In the West, the sitar has become better-known than the sarod, but in India both string instruments are held in the highest regard. For this Real World recording, Moksha, Amjad Ali Khan tried something quite new for him and very unusual in the Indian classical music tradition. Instead of the usual lengthy slow introduction which explores the raga (scale pattern) before heading off into faster compositions, instead Amjad Ali Khan presents eight different ragas in relatively short compositions. This album gives the listener a variety of ragas, including some folk music. Amjad Ali Khan has named each piece according to its mood, but stresses they are just guides according to his (or his sons’) vision while performing the piece. “I just want listeners to enjoy the music and the feelings it creates without knowing any technical background.”

1. Sandhya
Based on Raga Shyama Gauri
Amjad Ali Khan: sarod


2. Vignaraja
Based on Raga Ganesh Kalyan
Amjad Ali Khan: sarod

3. Calcutta City
Based on Raga Bhatyali
Amaan Ali Bangash: sarod


4. Ebaadat
Based on Raga Charukeshi
Amjad Ali Khan: sarod


5. Maa Durga
Based on Raga Durga
Amjad Ali Khan: sarod


6. Atma
Based on Raga Subhalakshmi
Amjad Ali Khan: sarod

7. Himaalaya
Based on Raga Pahadi
Ayaan Ali Bangash: sarod



8. Moksha
Based on Raga Bahar

Amjad Ali Khan: sarod and voice

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releases December 6, 2019

Tabla on all tracks by Rashid Mustafa

All tracks composed by Amjad Ali Khan



Published by WOMAD Music Ltd
Produced by Amjad Ali Khan

Recorded at Real World Studios, Wiltshire by Ben Findlay and Claire Lewis, assisted by Matthew Cochrane.
Mixed by Ben Findlay



Special thanks to Thomas Brooman at WOMAD, Amanda Jones, Sophie Beck, Ben Findlay, Claire Lewis and all the others at the Real World family for making us feel at home and for all their warmth.

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Amjad Ali Khan was born in 1945 in Gwalior, one of the great cities of Madhya Pradesh, India. There are no musicians in India with a lineage as long and illustrious as Amjad Ali Khan - he’s the sixth-generation sarod player in his family and his ancestors have developed and shaped the instrument over two hundred years. ... more

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