Legendary sarod player Amjad Ali Khan is giving an autographed travel-friendly sarod to Canadian singer Justin Bieber, who will give his maiden performance in India here on Wednesday. Asked about the gift, Amjad Ali Khan told IANS: “He’s a role model for the millennial generation and it’s so wonderful to see the love that he has generated. Since it’s his first visit, it’s a welcoming gesture as an Indian artiste.”
“It’s a more travel-friendly sarod… More of a memento. It is a left-handed sarod since I understand he’s a left-handed guitarist.”
Ace Indian designers like Rohit Bal, Varun Bahl, Anamika Khanna, Krishna Mehta, Amit Aggarwal, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and Manav Gangwani have also come together to contribute to the mementos for the Grammy Award-winning singer.
Bahl has curated and embellished traditional Indian instruments of the symphony as a gesture of intercultural synergy and India’s hospitality. The instruments have been ornated with fine silk, printed with floral artworks and highlighted with metallic gold. Delicate beaded tassels have been used for detailing.
Bahl said in a statement: “The sitar and tabla reflect the core of Indian traditional music, embracing the dynamic culture we hail from. Adorned in Varun Bahl’s signature floral motifs and intricate embroideries, the instruments symbolize the inter-culture amalgamation of our cosmos.”
Bal has created a biker jacket in cotton velvet for Bieber, who will be here for Jio Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour, organised by White Fox India startup. The entire outfit has been handcrafted and hand embroidered with sequins and crystals from Swarovski.
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“These are finely embroidered and handcrafted with over 10,000 crystals from Swarovski on luxurious velvet. Blending in with the instruments are my signature Indian lotus motifs.”
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Justin Bieber will perform in Mumbai on May 10 as part of his Purpose World Tour. The 23-year-old icon is likely to reach Mumbai on Tuesday.
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