Indian classical music comes to New Zealand

New Zealanders are in for a treat of an extravagenza of Indian classical music this summer.

Tulu (left) and Prasanta Bhanja

Returning to New Zealand by popular demand is Prasanta Bhanja, a classical musician performing on sitar in Rotorua. He will be joined by his wife, Tulu Bhanja,  on tamboura in what is going to be a memorable night at Linton Park Community Centre, 16 Kamahi Place, Pukehangi, Rotorua at 4.30pm on 29 January.

The performance will succeed a brief presentation about Indian classical music.

And if your thrust for India’s oldest form of music is not satiated, then there’s a unique performance of sitar, violin and tabla in Auckland.

Pandit Chaudhuri is a recipient of Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest coveted civilian award,  and has composed many popular  symphonies, created eight new ragas, wrote three books and won many national and international honours. He has performed in concerts and lectured on Indian music in 130 countries around the world. This is his first tour in New Zealand.

Come March and Auckland will host Pandit Debu Chaudhuri, who is regarded as India’s foremost Sitar maestro, in a programme aptly titled Sur Anjali on Saturday 24 March, at 7.00pm at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall.

He is joined by Dr Chintamani Rath, is a scholar violinist of rare ability. He is an expert practitioner of both Indian and Western classical music and has performed in many countries.The maestros will be supported by Pandit Anup Ghosh, one of India’s popular tabla performers. This is a Charity Fundraiser for Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT). For tickets, call THE EDGE call centre on 09 357 3355 or 0800 BUY TICKETS (0800 289 842).



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