Ustad Amjad Ali Khan on RabindraSangeet: liberty Tagore took in creating music

Kolkata, May 10 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Only a genius like Rabindranath Tagore can take liberty in new musical creations, feels Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

“Classical musicians were not very happy about Rabindra Sangeet, because he took liberties. But only a genius can take liberty. There is something new and something secret in his creations,” Khan said here recently at an award function that celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
Khan was here to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in music instituted by the famous pen brand Montblanc in a tribute to Tagore, the world poet and philosopher.

[ReviewAZON asin=”B004MNZYR0″ display=”inlinepost”]Montblanc honoured Nobel laureate and economist Amartya Sen, Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and painter Jogen Chowdhury, at the function.
The programme by Montblanc was in association with Ministry of Culture and music academy Dakshinee as part of the 150th birth anniversary of  Tagore.

Painter Jogen Chowdhury said, “I am from Santiniketan. I still stay there. Tagore is someone who has to be known from inside. He had a vision for Bengal. He wanted a society where everything is ideal.

“We just read Tagore, but we need to understand and feel him. He has talked about education, unity, freedom of women and man-woman relationship. He is the universal man.”

“Discussing Tagore’s writing cannot be commercial,” he said.

Speaking on this occasion, Dilip Doshi, CMD, Entrack International Private Ltd (Exclusive Distributors in India for Montblanc) , said, “When Dakshinee approached me with the year-long celebrations of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, I personally felt it would be both a privilege and an honour for Montblanc to be closely involved with this very emotional and cultural journey. “

Union Minister Saugata Roy, BJP leader Tathagata Roy and actor Bhisma Guha Thakurta were also present at the event.

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