IN a rare visit to the UK, sarod master Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is set to play at Town Hall Birmingham on Sunday November 23.
Throughout his illustrious career he has elevated the sarod to one of the most popular instruments in the Hindustani tradition through performances of classic ragas and original compositions.
From his first public recital at the age of six years old, the living legend has gone on to receive the UNESCO award, the Indian civilian award Padma Vibhushan and honorary citizenship of three US cities amongst other accolades, whilst enjoying an international career spanning five decades.
He said: "There is no essential difference between classical and popular music. Music is music. I want to communicate with the listener who finds Indian classical music remote."
The virtuoso has graced the stage at several prestigious concert halls including Symphony Hall Birmingham, Vienna's Konzerthaus and New York' s Carnegie Hall as well as performances at WOMAD, the BBC Proms and the Dalai Lama's World Festival of Sacred Music.
Tickets are available at £10, £15, £20 and £25 from the Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or online at www.thsh.co.uk. The event starts at 7.30pm.