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Indian sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan to perform at United Nations Day concert
Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is going to perform at United Nations Day concert with his rendering to covey of the message of shared humanity. The concert is scheduled to be held at the General Assembly Chamber on October 24.

Born 9 October 1945 in an Indian family of classical sarod players, Khan has performed internationally since the 1960s and was awarded India's second highest civilian honor Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

It is learnt that his performance will be in the evening as per the IST, his composition 'Sangam' which stands for the confluence of cultures will be staged with inputs from the Refugee Orchestra to reinforce the precept  that 'all of us have a common God and we are a common race;.

He is of the view that music has the potential to connect the worl while the languages create barriers. He also batted for education reform since it 'could not create compassion and kindness in a human being'.

One may recall that it was the Carnatic vocalist MS Subbulakshmi who had given her recital at the UN in 1966 for the UN Day concert. Khan's rendering at the concert comes 52 years after that event. His two sons, Amaan and Ayaan, trained in music by him will give company at the concert.

It was on August 15, 2016, Indian composer AR Rahman had performed at the India's Independence Day concert at the UN General Assembly.

Here are some his famous quotes on music:

-Music is a precious gift of God, and like flowers, colour, fragrance, water, fire, and air, musical notes do not belong to any religion.

-Music is like the ocean, it does not belong to any one race or culture.

-All over the world, musicians work within the 12 notes and create sublime music. That is why all musicians belong to one family.

-Music has no language. It is the music of sounds, the sound of human expression, it is universal.

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