"The Refugee Orchestra Project conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya and the Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan with his sons and the table player cast a magic spell. Their music sent the audience in to a trance. The 90-minute concert was an experience to be savored and treasured." The Indian Panorama
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 was United Nations Day. The day was marked with a peace-themed concert in the Grand Assembly featuring sarod virtuoso Amjad Ali Khan, and his sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, and the Refugee Orchestra Project. It was a memorable evening of fusing sounds from the east and west in what was a celebration of the diversity of music and people, all in the name of peace.
Before the concert, Secretary-General of the UN, Antonio Guterres stated “Amjad Ali Khan and the Refugee Orchestra Project have crossed boundaries and cultures to enrich the societies where they perform. They remind us – as our (UN) Charter reminds us — that our diverse backgrounds are a cause for celebration rather than division.” It set the scene for a remarkable evening.
The outstanding cavernous space that is the General Assembly is a room that carries engaging history through some groundbreaking speeches by trailblazing leaders. Hitting a 1800 seat capacity, the room is tied together by an opulent United Nations Symbol at its fulcrum. It was here a message of peace, unity and possibilities was sent, amplified through a captivating musical program where the Refugee Orchestra Project was in beautiful synergy with Amjad Ali Khan, and Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash.