Fri., Nov 8, 2019


Amjad Ali Khan: Devī

Ragas for purity, austerity, knowledge, music and art, wisdom and learning

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Amjad Ali Khan, Master of the Sarod

Amaan Ali Bangash, sarod

Ayaan Ali Bangash, sarod

“Amjad Ali Khan is the most charismatic performer of Indian Ragas”
New York Times


“Amjad Ali Khan is the master of the Sarod. Smaller than a sitar, it has 19 strings. Accompanied by his two sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, on similar instruments, they created a 57-string three-man symphony orchestra.”
The Times, London

Maestro Amjad Ali Khan, the legendary master of the sarod, has created a new and very special program for the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Entitled Devi (the Sanskrit word for “goddess”), it features a set of ragas based on Vedic texts and dedicated to Hindu deities embodying purity, austerity, knowledge, music and art, and wisdom and learning.

“Like cosmic divinity, music knows few barriers or boundaries. Music should be like a bouquet of flowers. I hope and pray that we always have kind people in the world and that there is love around us. It is this love, compassion and kindness that represents Devi. And thus Devi is to be found deeply in music. I feel connected to every soul and song in the world. Thus to connect us all to this divine feminine energy, I have created this program of ragas inspired and named after forms Devi. Devi – the feminine form, and Deva – the masculine form, mean “heavenly, divine, anything of excellence”, and are also gender specific terms for masculine and feminine deities in Hinduism. Divine feminine energy has been greatly revered as “Devi” in Hinduism. The concept and reverence for goddesses appears in the Vedas, which were composed in the 2nd millennium BCE. The divine feminine energy has the strongest presence as Devi in Hinduism, among major world religions, from the ancient times to the present.”
—Maestro Khan


Raga Shyma Gauri (purity and austerity)
Raga Saraswati (music and art, wisdom)
Raga Revati (devotional)
-Amjad Ali Khan

Raga Bageshwari (knowledge and learning)
-Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash

Raga Durga (combatting evil that threatens peace)
-Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash


Amjad Ali Khan Amjad Ali Khan is one of the undisputed masters of the music world. Born to sarod maestro Haafiz Ali Khan, he is the sixth generation in the legendary line of the Senia Bangash School. Since giving his first performance at the age of six, he has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning more than six decades, bringing new and yet timeless interpretations of the repertoire to audiences worldwide, and being widely credited with reinventing the technique of playing the sarod.

Over the course of a distinguished career spanning more than six decades, Amjad Ali Khan has won numerous accolades including a Grammy nomination, the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, Unicef’s National Ambassadorship and the Fukuoka Cultural grand prize.

Amjad Ali Khan has made regular appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Sydney Opera House, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Esplanade Singapore, the Kennedy Center and Symphony Center in Chicago. He has performed at festivals worldwide including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, WOMAD, World Beat Festival, Enescu Festival Bucharest, and the BBC Proms as well as for prestigious organizations such as the United Nations, UNESCO, World Arts Summit and for the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo in 2014.

Samaagam, his first sarod concerto, has been performed by the Britten Sinfonia, Orchestre National d’lle de France, Orchestre d’Auvergne, London Philharmonia, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Amjad Ali Khan’s passion for bringing the sarod to new audiences has seen him give numerous residencies as well as being appointed as Visiting Professor at several universities, including Stanford University, University of New Mexico, York University and Jacob’s School of Music.

Amjad Ali Khan is a Gold Medal Winner at the Global Music Awards for his outstanding contribution to the global music industry and excellence in the classical music sphere. This honor was bestowed on the trailblazing trio of Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash in recognition of their “Peace Worshipers” album which was released in July 2017 by Affetto Records and distributed by Naxos.

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General concert and ticket information

Doors open at 7:15pm.

Late seating is at the discretion of the House Management. Latecomers may be asked to remain in the back of the church until there is a break in the program, so as not to disturb the performance or other audience members.

Will call is available when the doors open at 7:15pm.

Children seated on an adult’s lap do not need a ticket. Children seated in a chair or pew do need a ticket.

We no longer offer tickets for sale or any ticket pickup at the Parish House Reception desk.

Audio and/or video recording and flash photography are not permitted during performances.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All artists and programs are subject to change.


The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is wheelchair/walker accessible via the ramp entrance on 84th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues).

An accessible restroom is located just inside the Parish House on the ground floor. The Parish House is located closer to 83rd Street on Park Avenue. PLEASE NOTE the Parish House accessible restroom is not in the same building as the main church where the concert is located.

For reserved seating concerts, there is available seating for wheelchairs and companions. Please look for the Wheelchair and Wheelchair Companion tickets when purchasing. For general seating concerts, follow the directions of the ushers. Please call ahead (212-288-2520) to discuss any special seating requirements.


Street parking can be difficult to find, but there are a number of parking garages nearby. There are garages on 83rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues) and 84th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), as well as near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


There are a number of fine and casual eating establishments located nearby on Madison Avenue (one block west of the church), Lexington Avenue (one block east of the church), Third Avenue (two blocks east of the church) and Second Avenue (three blocks east of the church).


The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is easily reached via the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines (86th Street station), or buses on Madison, Lexington and Fifth Avenues, and on 86th Street. View a map with interactive driving and transit directions.