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Amjad Ali Khan conferred Doctor of Literature

Posted on Dec 24, 07:35PM | IBNS

Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was conferred the Degree of Doctor in Literature (honoris causa) in recognition of his contribution towards Indian Classical music at the special 57th annual convocation of Jadavpur University held on Monday.

The convocation was presided over by West Bengal Governor M.K.Narayanan, who is also the Chancellor of the University.

A distinguished maestro in the field of playing Sarod, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is popularly known as the "Sarod Samrat".

He is the sixth generation Sarod player in his renowned family.

Amjad Ali Khan was born in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

His father Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan received training from the descendants of Miyan Tansen, who is considered to be the greatest musician of all times.

Amjad Ali Khan was the youngest son in his family.

His first tutor was his father and he began playing at a very young age.

At the mere age of six years, Amjad Ali Khan gave his first solo recital. The rest as they say is history.

It was his love for the instrument and passion for music that made him famous and recognized as one of the greatest sarod players.

He has also been a recipient of many awards like Sangeet Natak Academy Fellowship, Tansen Award, UNESCO Award, UNICEF National Ambassadorship, Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, Padma Vibhushan and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Delhi Government.