Amjad Ali

Distinguished sarod player Amjad Ali Khan (second from right) and his sons Amaan (l) and Ayaan Ali Bangash collaborated with American violinist Elmira Darvarova on “Peace Worshipers,” an album which was felicitated at the Global Music Awards. (YouTube screengrab)

LOS ANGELES — Renowned sarod player Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, who, too, play the instrument, were felicitated at the coveted Global Music Awards in the Gold Medal category here.

They were honored last week for their outstanding contribution to the global music industry and excellence in the classical music sphere.

The honor was bestowed on the three in correlation with their album, “Peace Worshipers,” which was released in July by Affetto Records, and distributed by Naxos.

The award was presented by Mark Sutherland, editor of Music Week UK, and Sat Bisla, president and founder of A&R Worldwide in the presence of other music industry executives.

Interestingly, they are the only Indian classical artistes to win an honor at this platform, which brings global music partners and industry forerunners together to discuss and exchange ideas, trends and a range of other topics.

“Every award is an acknowledgment of an artiste’s musical journey. Though the journey is new every day. Very honored,” Amjad Ali Khan said in a statement.

Amaan said it is a great honor for “our genre of music.”

Ayaan said the honor is a blessing for the album. “I hope that the message of togetherness and unity is conveyed to the world though ‘Peace Worshippers,’” he said.

“Peace Worshipers” is a collaboration between Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash and the distinguished American violinist Elmira Darvarova.

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