Music is universal language

Published on April 10, 2015 09:32:32 AM
Varanasi: "Music is ab universal language that transcends all boundaries and bonds people from all corners of the world,” said Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan who performed along with Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali at famous Sankatmochan temple here on Wednesday. "Music cannot be divided. It always unites transcending all boundaries," he said. It was an endearing show of cultural bonhomie at the 'Sangeet Samaroh' as music flowed till the early hours of this morning. Amjad Ali Khan said that he was fortunate enough to perform at this annual music festival of the Sankatmochan temple for the past several years and "seek blessings from Lord Hanuman". 

Amjad Ali Khan performed along with his sons Amaan and Ayaan late Wednesday night. Echoing the views, Ustad Ghulam Ali, who became the first Pakistani artiste to perform at the festival, said that it was "an honour for him to seek blessings of Lord Hanuman". Ghulam Ali expressed the hope that the music festival would help bridge the gap between India and Pakistan. In tune with the settings, Amjad Ali Khan enthralled the music lovers with the rendition of 'bhajans' including Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye and concluded his performance with his creation 'Gandhi Raag'. "We do not come here in the courtyard of the famous temple to give our performance, but we come here to seek blessings of Lord Hanuman," he said, adding that "every musician has a wish to perform at least once in their lifetime at this pious place and seek the blessings of Lord Hanumanji."