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London Wigmore Hall welcomes Khan

New Delhi: Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is set to be welcomed into London`s Wigmore Hall and will become the first non-western musician to be awarded a residency at the mecca of western chamber music.

The leading international recital venue which specialises in hosting chamber music performances has invited the sarod maestro to design and plan their festival on India.

"I am honoured to be invited to be a resident at the Wigmore Hall. Forty years ago Pandit Ravi Shankar had performed there and I became the next musician to perform a solo concert two years ago," Khan told PTI.

The residency is scheduled to begin on October 4.

"They have asked me to help design their India festival and assist them. They have a very traditional European instrumental music and are now opening up to classical music from other cultures," says Khan.

The maestro, accompanied by his two sons Amaan and Ayan would also be performing in various cities in the US during next month.

"The residency does not need my physical presence in London and am free to give concerts," says Khan whose world fusion album "Everything is Everywhere" featuring him and his sons with American folk singer Carrie Newcomer was released recently.

Also, Wigmore Live label is releasing "Amjad Ali Khan: Indian Classical Ragas."

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