~A mystical experience where East met West as sarod maestros Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan collaborated with renowned violinist Elmira Darvarova to create musical paradise~
The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi recently hosted the musical maestros and Sarod prodigies Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan and the acclaimed Elmira Darvarova, Grammy-nominated Concert Violinist from New York, for an evening of soul stirring musical collaboration of the East and West.
Soul Strings, the musical dialogue between the Sarod maestros and the esteemed violinist represented a uniquely joyful meeting and cross-fertilization at both the cellular and cosmic levels of two classical musical traditions, which are often held to be radically different – too different to meet without a bridge of some sort. The presence of a power-packed audience such as Mrs. Subhalakshmi Khan, Suhel Seth, Jatin Kochhar, Sanjay Sharma and many others made the evening a grand success.
The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, with its landmark location in the heart of Lutyen’s Delhi is the quintessential address for business leaders, visiting dignitaries, world renowned artists & celebrities. For decades, it has been New Delhi’s bedrock of fine living and hospitality with a refinement now legendary. The Taj Mahal Hotel has always taken pride in curating unique and culturally enriched experiences for its patrons as a purveyor of art, culture and heritage.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Satyajeet Krishan, General Manager, The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi said, “We are honored to welcome back sarod maestros Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan along with the brilliant Elmira Daravarova at The Taj Mahal Hotel. It is always a great pleasure to host musical geniuses and this magnificent evening will definitely be an experience to cherish for a lifetime!”
Speaking on the association with The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi, sarod maestro Amaan Ali Khan said, “I have very fond memories at The Taj Mahal, New Delhi & the Taj Group. Ayaan and I have performed with our father, Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan at the hotel. The Taj Group has become a symbol of excellence and grace all over world. Their commitment to detail and their elegance in whatever they do makes them the iconic brand that they are. This collaboration is very dear to my heart and we are honored to be back in the hotel along with the very talented Elmira Darvarova who is an artiste of very high repute. We will be playing some tracks from 'Soul Strings' and some new tracks will also be there. It's going to be extremely collective. It's very unusual for us to collaborate as we represent Indian Classical music and she Western. To come to a meeting point and mixing both the traditions together is something which has always intrigued us!"
On the special collaboration, Ayaan Ali Khan further added, “Elmira Darvarova is a talent house who has got Grammy nominations for her numerous albums. Our journey started last year. The concert will give the audience a glimpse of our album "Soul Strings”. We have grown with each other's music and have developed a comfort level because it's very easy to connect to the person you are performing with on the stage. We will be sharing each other's traditions and treasures.”
On the special collaboration, Elmira Darvarova said, “The concept of this collaboration (which began with a live performance at Symphony Space in New York in February 2015) is to interpret the works of Maestro Amjad Ali Khan's singing and playing through the prism of a unique joint performance, in which the artists have aimed to preserve the essence of both Indian and Western traditions so that they are able to partake of each other without artistic compromise. Their goal through this process is to engage and celebrate both the shared and discrete musical “DNA” of both traditions from a perspective of abundance. This is a blissful dream of a project, infused with the unique amalgamated contributions of artists united under a common aegis, regardless of their diverse background, cultures, traditions, generations, genders, religions, upbringing, and career paths.”
About Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi:
The Taj Mahal Hotel on Number One Mansingh Road, New Delhi is one of the most distinguished addresses in the national capital. Its proximity to the seat of government, the city’s diplomatic corps and business district has furthered The Taj Mahal Hotel’s reputation as the epicenter of the Delhi. Graceful architecture blends aesthetically with modern facilities. Indeed, it is a tribute to hospitality and service, complementing the broad boulevards and leafy splendor of Delhi’s chief architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens.