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Music As A Way of Life

amjad ali khanAmjad Ali Khan and special guests

As part of the Elmhirst Programme at Dartington Hall we present four, one-week long retreats, that centre around musical exploration interspersed with movement and meditation. Using music as a central theme, this programme will help you find your own centre, connect to others abd the wider world and find the inspiration and strength to create change in your life.

Enjoy music and share your talents with legendary and world-renowned Indian Classical Sarod player, Amjad Ali Khan, whilst enjoying classes in movement and meditation.

Unwind in the beautiful grounds of Dartington Hall, a medieval listed building and courtyard, with easy access to over 800 acres of glorious Grade 2* listed gardens. Dine on a healthy cuisine with some of the best in local, organic and seasonal food and drink, experience an evening in the 14th century Barn Cinema, and explore the spiritual surroundings of Dartmoor.

The Retreat is open to ages 18 and up with no experience of music or movement required. Amjad Ali Khan encourages you to bring your instruments and talents to join him in this week long musical journey.


Your Accommodations

During your retreat, you have the option to stay in one of our 50 distinctive bedrooms located around our medieval courtyard which offers a superb mix of heritage, serenity and luxury.

Our rooms have views onto the beautiful courtyard and gardens, and with a range of home comforts, provide space to recharge during your stay.

Please join us for this unique opportunity to listen, learn and play music with Amjad Ali Khan, one of India’s greatest sarod players. This will be a relaxed week in an intimate retreat setting - a rich mix of discussion and conviviality mixed with listening and playing music. If you have an instrument then do bring it, although no instrument is required. Come just for the joy of music and how it can be used to make change in the world.

“Music is my religion.  I play music to bring peace in the world.  Name, fame, money or awards are just by-products.  The essence of all music is harmony and melody.  Through music we bring these qualities in our personal lives as well as in society.” Amjad Ali Khan.

How will you spend your time?

A daily mixture of conversation, music, movement and meditation.

Find a secluded spot within Dartington Halls 800 acre estate to escape to a different world

Explore the listed gardens and inviting footpaths around the estate

Catch a film or live theatre stream at the on-site Barn Cinema

Enjoy conviviality, comfort, relaxation and good food in the company of like-minded music lovers

In residence

Amjad Ali Khan

Mr. Khan has performed regularly at the Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Kennedy Center, Santury Hall (First Indian performer) and the House of Commons among other recognized halls around the world. He has been a visiting professor at the Stanford University, Indiana University, York University, Washington University, Stony Brook, North Eastern and New Mexico University. The BBC Magazine voted Mr. Khan’s CDs titled ‘Bhairav’ to be among the best 50 classical albums of the world, in 1995. In 1999, Mr. Khan inaugurated the World Festival of Sacred Music with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2000: He was awarded the Fellowship of the Sangeet Natak Academy; In 2012 Mr. Khan brought his teaching philosophy to Stanford University in a residency titled Indian Classical Music: A Way of Life. As a finale to the Maestro’s residency, Amjad Ali Khan performed with Conductor Jindong Cai and the Stanford Philharmonica at the Mozart and More Festival.

Mr. Khan is married to Mrs. Subhalakshmi Khan and has two sons,Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan who are also renowned sarod players. Mrs. Khan Subhalakshmi Khan has been a great exponent of the Indian classical dance, Bharatnatyam, which, she gave up for her family. In his soul, so in his heart, he is a man who has proven his indomitable belief in the integration of two of life's greatest forces, love and music. He is a living example of a man who practices that integration each day of his life, both on stage and off stage.