Welcome to our collection of sarod gifts. Introduce someone to the unique sound of Indian music. Choose from classical and contemporary music, T-shirts, posters, refrigerator magnets, trucker hats, ceramic coffee mugs, cooking aprons, stainless steel commuter mugs, colorful buttons, cotton canvas tote bags, and more unique sarod gifts.
Amjad Ali Khan There is no essential difference between classical and popular music. Music is music. I want to communicate with the listener who finds Indian classical music remote.
Live at Washington Square Church (1981)
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Musicians always enjoy adding to their music libraries, and these selections are sure to please. Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was born into a family of classical musicians and is one of the world’s foremost players of the sarod. Mentored by his father, Amjad Ali Khan has passed the family tradition on to his sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan. We also love the sitar and sarod duet by Reena Srivastava and Rajeeb Chakrabaorty.
Refrigerator magnets are one of our favorite inexpensive gift ideas for sarod players. They’re also appreciated by fans of this unique Indian string instrument. Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. Scratch and UV-resistant Mylar keeps magnets looking new for years.
Everyone needs mugs. They’re inexpensive and practical too. These coffee mugs are sure to please any music lover. Click on any image to see the design from different angles. Choose from many other sizes, styles, and colors. Select any of the options presented here, or customize to create the perfect mug gift.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical sarod gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
What’s not to love about buttons. They’re one of our favorite inexpensive music gift ideas. Standard-sized square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches, and round buttons are usually available in several sizes. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar. Changing the background color is a breeze. Choose from a rainbow of pretty colors for a customized gift.
One of the most popular sarod gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
Accompanied by His Sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Hats off to the Japanese, who created the keyboard, I think. Now children play with the Casio keyboard and so do a lot of music directors. But I feel sad that because of this keyboard a lot of musicians have lost their jobs in the orchestras in Bombay and elsewhere in India, especially because a keyboard can produce the sound of a flute and a violin and a cello. Thank God there is no sarod sound in the keyboard.
The sarod is a lute-like stringed instrument of Indian origin. Like the sitar, it’s a popular and prominent instrument in Hindustani classical music. The instrument is known for its deep, introspective sound, which contrasts nicely with the sweet texture of the sitar. The absence of frets allows players to glide easily from one note to another. This is known as meend, which is essential in the performance of Indian music.
Here are a few more interesting sarod facts. It’s likely the sarod descended from the Afghan rubab, a similar instrument with roots in Central Asia and Afghanistan. The word sarod means “beautiful sound” or “melody” in Persian, one of many languages spoken in Afghanistan.
How many strings are there? On a conventional instrument there are 17 to 25. Four to five main strings are used for playing the melody. There are also one or two drone strings, two chikari strings, and nine to eleven sympathetic strings. The strings are made of steel or phosphor bronze, and are usually plucked with a triangular hand-crafted coconut shell plectrum called a Javva. Some players prefer plectrums made of ebony, cocobolo wood, horn, or cowbone.
More Sarod Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a sarodist.
Notable sarodists include Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, Abhisek Lahiri, Sharan Rani, K. Sridhar, Aditya Verma, and James Whetzel.
Indian classical musician and composer Amaan Ali Khan explains the construction, techniques, and performance of the sarod. He’s a seventh generation Sarod Master, and was just eight years old when he gave his first public performance. Amaan is the son of Amjad Ali Khan and often performs with his younger brother Ayaan Ali Khan, with whom he hosted the music talent show Sa Re Ga Ma. He’s widely considered one of the finest players in the world, with fans on many continents.
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