Footsteps Vol 3

Amaan Ali Khan

Tabla Player
Shafaat Ahmed Khan (Ustad)

About this album

Poised on the horizon at the dawn of the new millennium stand a number of young musicians. The radiance of their talent and promise sets the skies afire. Some among them are walking a path long familiar to their fathers and forefathers, for the
concept of Gharanedar musicians where the making of music is a legacy handed down from parent to child is an old and accepted one. Hailing from families intrinsically a part of the history of Indian music, these young musicians are well set to create
history in the coming millennium.

Torchbearer to a family tradition spanning seven generation, Amaan Ali Bangash, eldest son and disciple of sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is the grandson of the legendary Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan of the Senia Bangash Gharana. This remarkable young sarod player has steadily proved himself to be a worthy successor and bearer of the family name.

Though impeccable taleem or learning, combined with a fertile musical imagination and formidable taiyyari have won him well-deserved laurels and awards, his music speaks for itself. For this debut album, he has chosen to render the hauntingly
beautiful and pensive evening melody, Raga Shree which he lays out in an elaborate and mature alap, jod, jhala sequence followed by three compositions in jhaptala and tritaal, cycles of ten beats and sixteen beats respectively. Accompanied by well-known tabla wizard Shafaat Ahmed Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash displays skill, competence and musical understanding worthy of a scion of the family.


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