The declining popularity of the sarangi over the past few decades has been a cause for concern among many musicians and connoisseurs. Concerted efforts from noted maestros have brought the instrument back into public gaze, but, when a talented young musician like Murad Ali takes to sarangi with single-minded devotion, one can rest assured that future generations will also take pleasure in absorbing subtleties that the instrument is capable of producing.
Born in a family of musicians originally from Muradabad, Murad Ali is a sixth generation sarangi player. The intensive training he had under his grandfather Ustad Siddique Ahmad Khan and father Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khan has stood him in good stead, and he is presently regarded as one of the leading sarangi players of the younger generation.
His ancestors, Ustad Sagheer Ahmed Khan Sahab, Ustad Fakir Ahmed Khan Sahib, Ustad Rafique Ahmed Khan Sahab and his grandfather later Ustad Siddique Ahmed Khan Sahib were all renowned sarangi players, musicologists and gurus of the Moradabad Gharana.
Beginning his performing career at the early age of ten, Murad Ali won the first prize in the All India Radio national music competition held in 1992. An 'A' grade artiste of the All India Radio, he has also been a frequent performer at several music festivals in India and abroad. He has received accolades for his accompaniment to many noted vocalists and tabla players. Unfettered by orthodox musical beliefs, Murad Ali has on several occasions participated in cross-cultural and experimental musical endeavours.
Performance in Abroad: World Music Festival in Austria, World Music Festival in Holland, France Music Festival. Murad Ali has also performed in England, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Japan, U.S.A. Tunisia, Morraco, South America, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh,Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Reunion Island etc.
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