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Santoor maestro to perform in Sri Lanka

To celebrate 73rd Independence Day of India, the Indian High Commission has organised a special cultural event Strings of Harmony- a musical Jugalbandi featuring legendary Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and his son Pandit Rahul Sharma on August 15 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall (BMICH) at 6.45 p.m.

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the legendary maestro of Santoor,(the 100 stringed unique folk instrument from the valley of Kashmir), has created a new genre of instrumental music with his creative genius through his performance career of over half a century. He has been bestowed with a long list of National and International awards including Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian award from the Indian government. His compositions for blockbuster Bollywood films like Silsila, Chandni, Lamhe and Darr are all-time favourites across the globe.

With over 60 released albums spanning over a career of 20 years, Rahul has experimented various genres from classical to folk to new age and world fusion. Rahul has released one of India’s bestselling albums called Namaste India with world-renowned Saxophonist Kenny. G, featuring the voice of India’s leading actor Amitabh Bachchan. They will be accompanied by eminent musicians from India such as Barkha Rahul Sharma (tanpura), Yogesh Samsi (tabla), Bhawani Shankar (pakhawaj), and Takahiro Arai (tanpura).

The event has been organised in collaboration with Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Ministry, Sri Lankan government, ITC Hotels, Taj Samudra and BMICH.

Admission to the event is free and by invitation only. Limited passes will be available at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (Indian Cultural Centre) from August 5 onwards. For further details, contact the Indian Cultural Centre on 2684698 / [email protected].


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