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AMJAD ALI KHAN
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (b.1945) is one of the greatest exponents of Sarod. He learnt the Sarod from his father Hafiz Ali Khan. He has the distinction of being the first north Indian artist to have performed in honour of Thyagaraja at the saint-musician�s Thiruvaiyur shrine. He founded the Hafiz Ali Khan Memorial Society in 1977, which organises music festivals in different parts of India. He made many changes to the conventional style and structure of the Sarod. He has also been an innovator in introducing the gayaki ang in the Sarod, which has added new dimensions to performances on this instrument. He has contributed in propagating and creating music for children. He has composed special songs for children all over the country, including a special
'Birthday Song'. He has composed new ragas like Amiri Todi, Haripriya Kannada, Jawahar Manjari and Shivanjali for special occasions. He is the recipient of many awards and honours including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1989), Padma Shri (1975), Tansen Award (1989), the Padma Bhushan (1991) and the International Music Forum Award, UNESCO (1970).