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 sitar is a plucked stringed instrument used in Hindustani and Indian classical music. The instrument descended from lutes and was also influenced by the veena, an ancient Indian instrument. The body is characterized by a long hollow neck and a gourd resonating chamber at the lower end. Teak wood or tun wood are commonly used for the neck and faceplate. The instrument looks a lot like the tanpura, except that it has frets.
Here are a few more sitar facts. This unique instrument has 18, 19, or 20 strings. Six or seven are played strings which run over curved, raised frets. The rest are sympathetic strings which run underneath the frets and resonate in sympathy with the played strings. The frets are movable, which allows fine tuning.
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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a sitarist.
Notable sitarists include Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Ashwin Batish, Anjan Chattopadhyay, Annapurna Devi, Reenat Fauzia, Lowell George (Little Feat), George Harrison (The Beatles), Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), Shri Premadasa Hegoda, Prem Joshua, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and The Khan Family, Al Gromer Khan, Gabby La La, Dr. Swarn Lata, Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks), Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka Shankar, and Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones).
Though highly popular in the Indian culture, the sitar gained fame on the worldwide stage when the Beatles featured the instrument in several of their compositions. Sitarist Ravi Shankar inspired lead guitarist George Harrison to play the instrument on the song “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney in 1965. “Love You To,” written and sung by George Harrison in 1966, was the first Beatles song to fully embrace Indian classical music.
George Harrison received one-on-one guidance from Ravi Shankar during a seven-week visit to India, which left a lasting impact on his musical style. He promoted Indian music for the remainder of his long and successful career.
Brian Jones played the instrument on The Rolling Stones 1966 hit “Paint It Black.” Another English guitarist, Dave Mason, played it on Traffic’s 1967 hits “Paper Sun” and “Hole in My Shoe.” Ravi Shankar described this pop song trend as “the great sitar explosion.”
Brian Jones Playing Sitar
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Anoushka Shankar is the daughter of Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. Anoushka began training with her father at the age of seven, eventually accompanying him on the tanpura. She was 13 when she performed sitar onstage for the first time at a concert celebrating her father’s 75th birthday. After establishing herself as a respected classical sitarist, Anoushka began composing music. Her unique style blends Indian music with flamenco, jazz, electronica, and Western classical genres. Musical talent runs in the family. Both she and her half-sister Norah Jones were nominated for Grammy awards in 2003.
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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.
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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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