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After week-long wait, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan finally granted UK visa

The British government had initially denied him the travel document for a concert in September.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan


Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has been granted a UK visa, ending his week-long ordeal after the British government denied him the travel document for a concert in September.

A much-relieved Khan Sahib, as he is affectionately known, said: "Yes, the visa for my UK concert has been granted to me, finally. I am grateful to Mr Keith Vaz (British MP) and Shrimati Sushma Sawaraj (external affairs minister) for their initiative."

Khan says he was summoned to the visa office of the UK High Commission in New Delhi on 19 August afternoon. 

"I was called to be at the visa office for the third time. I've now been granted a visa for the UK from 19 August to 19 September. Though I had asked for a visa till November I am just relieved the ordeal is over. I am so glad to have got my passport back. Now I can again travel the world with my sarod. My concert at the Royal Festival Hall South Bank on 18 September is now on.”

Khan will leave the capital on 20 August for a tenure of residency at the Indiana University Bloomington. During the tenure, he will take a break to perform in France and the UK.