25 March 2014

UNAI launches “Music for Peace” series with concert by sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan

The United Nations Academic Impact believes that every discipline of learning and practice can prove relevant to the ideals of the United Nations. Music is one that is key to two UNAI principles—that of peace and that of “unlearning intolerance.”

With that end in mind, UNAI is initiating “Music for Peace,” a new conversation series.  The objective is to learn from world class musicians and music teachers about the role of music in promoting peace, conflict resolution and cross-cultural dialogue. 

The first of such conversations – co-hosted with the Permanent Mission of India to the UN - took place on 24 March 2014, with the world famous sarod maestro from India, Amjad Ali Khan.  Maestro Khan was accompanied by his two sons – Ayaan and Amaan.   In brief remarks before the concert, Mr. Khan stressed that, although sarod was an ancient string instrument, its music easily crossed borders and united many peoples and cultures. Music has an innate quality that unites people and overcomes differences, he said. 

The concert was also addressed by the Permament Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador Asoke K Mukerji. You can watch the webcast here