Feelings cannot be explained in a better way other than music. Music, which can surpass words and take their meanings to a different level, is the best way to immortalise someone of great importance.
This thought became a reality when on the 84th birth anniversary of the Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Sarod master Ayaan Ali Khan devoted an instrumental rendition of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram and Vaishnav Jan ko as a musical tribute and mark of reverence to the Late President. The event took place on Thursday in a reputed school of Gurgaon and was an effort to inculcate the essence of musical traditions in students. Ayaan Ali Khan was accompanied on Tabla by Ustad Rashid Mustapha Thirakua and Pt Fateh Singh Gangwani of the Jaipur School of Kathak.
Ayaan Ali Khan, the youngest son of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, in his 90 minutes performance, weaved spirituality, devotion and human emotions seamlessly and deeply in the students. His breathtaking performance mesmerised the students of the school and the inquisitiveness of French students to learn the stringed instrument further added glory to the entire event. The students tried their best to sing along, clap and tap their feet while witnessing the performance that gave a soulful rendering of melodious ragas.
The Late President always had a love for traditional music and had immense knowledge of the instrument Sarod. Ayaan <g data-gr-id="26">said</g> “The day marks the birth anniversary of a great scientist Dr Kalam who was fond of music and together we would pay a tribute to him by playing the favorite compositions of another great leader Mahatma Gandhi who had his birth anniversary on the 2nd of this month. Music transcends the barriers of language, it reunites the soul to the creator. Children should learn Music as meditating with the Ragas would enhance their concentration.”
“Making students know about their culture is a great tribute that we could have offered to the Late President. We are thankful to Ayaan Ali Khan who joined us for an impeccable performance and for delivering the importance of Sarod to the students,” said Rupa Chakravarty, Principal.
Ranvijay Singh, a student of XI standard said, “It was an amazing experience to witness Ayaan Ali Khan’s performance at our school. I really enjoyed the entire program.