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 Siddique Ahmad Khan and father 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. 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. Featured as accompanist on many commercial albums, this recording is Murad Ali's first ever solo release.
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