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Will Bring to UN Message of ‘Common God, Shared Humanity’: Amjad Ali Khan

Will Bring to UN Message of ‘Common God, Shared Humanity’: Amjad Ali Khan

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 Oct 2018 3:10 AM GMT

New York: Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan says he will bring to the global stage the message of shared humanity with a “common God” for all when he performs at the 2018 UN Day Concert in the General Assembly Chamber. The message of his music would be that “we must realize that all of us have a common God and we are a common race,” he told IANS in an interview on the eve of the concert on Wednesday. “We have great regard for Mahatma Gandhi and that is why I am here for this concert (with) a message of peace, love, non-violence,” he said. “It is very sad that in the 21st century we are still killing each other on account of religion,” he said.

“The 21st century should have been very peaceful, very successful, but it is instead full of problems, full of terrorism. “There is a fear of insecurity in every country,” he said. “So we need more people like Mahatma Gandhi, we need people who are committed and dedicated to peace and tranquility.”

Khan will be performing with his sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan Bangash and the Refugee Orchestra on the theme “Traditions of Peace and Non-violence”. The Refugee Orchestra brings together instrumentalists and singers who have fled to the US to escape violence and persecution as well as those who are friends and families of refugees. Khan said: “This will be the first time I will be collaborating with the Refugee Orchestra.”

They will be playing, appropriately for the UN and his message, his composition, “Sangam” which, he explained, “means confluence of two cultures”. Khan contrasted the pure power of music to unite with the potential of language to create discord.

“Music has connected the world; language creates barriers,” he said. “I belong to the world of sound and through sound I cannot manipulate. If I am out of tune, the world will realize that I am out of tune. But through language people manipulate. Unfortunately language is ruling the world.” “Unfortunately, with all due respect to education, education could not create compassion and kindness in a human being,” he said. He said that he inherited not only music but his humanitarian philosophy of the unity of mankind from Hafiz Ali Khan, his father and guru.

“He not only taught me music, but he also taught me a way of life. In the very beginning in my life (he taught) — ‘All of us have a common God and we are the common race’,” Khan said. “I think this message should have been conveyed by every priest of every religion,” he added. “So we need many Mahatma Gandhis in the world to create peace,” he declared. Khan’s concert will come 52 years after Carnatic vocalist M.S. Subbulakshmi gave her recital at the UN in 1966 for the UN Day. Fifty years later, on August 15, 2016, Indian composer A.R. Rahman performed at an Independence Day concert at the General Assembly. (IANS)

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