On 26th April, the Bengaluru-based South Asian Symphony Foundation, established by Sudhakar my husband, and yours truly presents “Chiragh” at the NCPA’s Tata Theatre in Mumbai – a concert by the South Asian Symphony Orchestra (SASO) promoting cultural diplomacy through music, among the eight nations of South Asia. SASO’s musicians – over sixty in number, and counting – are entirely from the region and the South Asian diaspora. For me, personally, it has been a voyage of discovery finding talent across the subcontinent – and what a fulfilling journey too. I hope this project whose aim is to bridge, to transform and to inspire grows from strength to strength promoting mutual understanding among the youth of our region. This is our effort at cultural diplomacy – a purely humanitarian and apolitical project. “Let’s sweat in peace, not bleed in war”.
The concert, featuring classical works from Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Mozart, Puccini and Felicien David, will be conducted by Houston-based Viswa Subbaraman (www.viswasubbaraman.com). Sri Lanka-born Tharanga Goonetilleke of New York, will be the vocalist. A specially-commissioned orchestral work, “Hamsafar: A Journey through South Asia”, will be premiered. Actor Kabir Bedi will be narrator.