East West – A Legacy
by Shubhendra and Saskia Rao | 17th October, 7:00 PM
Renowned sitar player, Shubhendra Rao, disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar celebrates the centenary of his Guru’s birth year in a performance that showcases the collaborative elements of his legacy. With his wife Saskia Rao de Haas on the cello, the evening will include the classical and traditional and also feature a collaborative section with local guitarist Tjoe Man Cheung.
Pandit Shubhendra Rao is an internationally-acclaimed performer, composer, cultural entrepreneur and music educator. A protégé of Pandit Ravi Shankar, Shubhendra Rao has performed at major music festivals and prestigious concert halls like Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Sydney Opera House, Salzburg International Music Festival, the BRICS Summit in China among several others. Together with his wife Saskia, he has created India’s first-ever music curriculum for children, ‘Sangeet4All’. As an empanelled ICCR Guru, Shubhendra has trained many foreign students who, in turn, are teaching Indian music across the world.
Saskia Rao-de Haas
Saskia Rao-de Haas is a world-renowned virtuoso cellist, composer, cultural entrepreneur and educationalist from the Netherlands. Thought she trained in the Western cello as a child, she changed direction when she came in contact with Indian music in 1993 and became a master performer and creator of a new instrument: the Indian cello. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia speaks of his disciple Saskia as “someone who has been taught by God”.
Tjoe Man Cheung
Tjoe is a Hong Kong born and bred musician. This Musicians Institute alumnus is a favoured sideman in the Pop scene, a talented Jazz & Blues guitarist, a proficient arranger and composer. Currently the official artist of Melancon, Tjoe is recognised for his creative approach, powerful soloing, unique improvisation and splash of humour on stage.