With sarod legend, Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan as their father, Ayaan and Amaan Ali Bangash realised early they had big shoes to fill in. But the brothers have lived up to their family name. And now Ayaan has his own little talents to groom.
A news agency spoke to the younger Bangash brother on the challenges of being a musician, a father and a guru.
Playing at concerts the world over, do you feel the Indian audience has a connect with you?
Ayaan: It's extremely important and special when you are loved in the country you have grown up in and belong to. That validation is very important for any artist. The West also has an amazing audience. The US and Europe are both special, but different. Every place has its own warmth, magic and colour, so it's hard to compare.
You are collaborating with many international artists. Do you think you have a role to play in spreading the sound of India far and wide?
Ayaan: I do think so, but more than the sound of India, it's the sound of music. The best part is even when we are performing with so many western classical musicians, even though we may have rehearsed, different things happen on stage - by getting to know the strengths of different artistes, their vibrations, eye contact, the very connect. It's most important to connect with the person that you are playing with and good or appealing music follows. Musicians can communicate with just notes. Music is a universal language.