Khan said he had a debt of gratitude to his father and guru. "For my father Haafiz Ali Khan, though, there was no question of a life outside music. Life itself was music and music was Life. And so I came to inherit from him the legacy of five generations of musicians as naturally as a bird taking to the air. Referring to the inevitable comparisons with his sons, he said, "I never wanted to create two more Amjad Ali Khans. I gave both Amaan and Ayaan the freedom to develop their musical minds and tastes in the most natural way. Today, I feel that they are both very blessed to have a mind of their own musically and also have their distinctive flavors as artists." Khan said that classical music will thrive under the new generation of musicians, even as the art remains unchanged. "Today we have cell phone, I pods etc, but nobody could create a thirteenth note. These twelve musical notes are the base of every kind of music in the world. In fact music has connected the whole world. We are still struggling on account of religion and power. We need kind and compassionate people in the world and I see classical music as a means to nurture such feelings," he said.