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Artists' Villages and Communities; The Minstrels of Tuen Mun Park; Arts Diary; Amjad Ali Khan, Master of the Sarod (08 Nov 2005)


Artists all over the world have long sought out low-rent areas to live and work. Once there they often form creative communities that can take the lead in revitalising a district. Hong Kong has two new artists' villages in the making, one in Shek Kip Mei, the other in Wanchai. We look at them, and at some of Hong Kong's long-standing art communities. You can find out more about public consulations on these projects at - Mallory Street: Shek Kip Mei: "Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast," said William Shakespeare. "Will you stop that goldarn noise?" So said residents who live close to a Tuen Mun park where musicians and singers regularly perform. The park authorities have told them: "Perform if you like, but perform unplugged". Amjad Ali Khan is a master of the sarod, an Indian instrument in the guitar family. It has 19 strings. Four are played, 11 are sympathetic strings, and four provide the drone sound. The skill has been passed from generation to generation in Amjad's family, and he's passing it on further. He's performing in Hong Kong on 19th November with his two sons. He talks to us about his philosophy and his instrument, and gives us a sample.

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
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