*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
DATE: Friday, Feb. 28
TIME: 7-9 p.m.
PLACE: La Quinta Hotel, 100 Congress St., Springfield
Indian classical musician Amjad Ali Khan, who performs in concert March 1 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Fine Arts Center, will be the guest of honor at a reception hosted by members of the India Association of Greater Springfield and the Pioneer Valley Hotel Group.
Organizers expect about 60 people who plan to attend the concert will be at the reception for the 68-year-old Ali Khan, who is regarded as the world’s greatest master of the 25-stringed sarod, which is smaller than the sitar and produces a leaner, cleaner sound.
Ali Khan is a world ambassador of Indian classical music. He is the recipient of the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, the FukuokaCultural Grand Prize from the Japanese government, the UNESCO Award, Padma Vibhushan (the second highest Indian civilian award), a UNICEF National Ambassadorship and holds multiple honorary doctorates from universities in the U.K. and India. He has been awarded honorary citizenship in the states of Texas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Georgia andNew Mexico.