'Breaking Barriers' dedicated to Jesus: Amjad Ali Khan

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New Delhi, Feb 5 (UNI)'Breaking Barriers' the latest music album of sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan has hymns and carols set to the tune of sarod, which was his innovative way to pay obeisance to Jesus.

Addressing an event organised by 'Assam Association, Delhi' here today ahead of its diamond jubilee celebrations, Amjad said music is eternal and transcends all barriers of religion, caste and nationality.

He said it was an honour for him to perform at a fund raising concert 'Strings for Peace' along with his sons marking the commencement of diamond jubilee celebrations spread over several weeks of the Assam Association.

Music, he said, had no religion and therefore, should be used to spread the message of peace and universal brotherhood.

''Music is about togetherness and working in tandem, which are missing from our society and must be inculcated in the younger generation,'' he said.

On emerging trends in electronic media, he said, ''all channels must adhere to Indian culture and give direction to youth of the nation in order to channelise the available talent for nation building. Doordarshan alone cannot bring about changes in society; a concerted effort was needed to preserve our culture.'' Talking to mediapersons, his sons, Ayaan Ali Khan and Amaan Ali Khan, hoped their endeavours would help restore peace in North East, especially Assam. Replying to a query on talent hunt contests, Ayaan Ali Khan said it was good for newcomers as they got exposure.

However, it was equally important for them to sustain themselves over a period of time to make a mark in the industry.

Earlier, Group Capt (retd) A C Barua, President of 'Assam Association, Delhi' outlined various programmes and events which would be held to celebrate its diamond jubilee.


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