Presented by Butler School of Music
Subhendra Rao, Sitar, & Saskia Rao, Cello
with Aditya Kalyanpur, tabla
Pandit Shubhendra Rao is an internationally acclaimed performer, composer, cultural entrepreneur, and music educator. His relentless service in promoting Indian music has made him a highly respected figure in the field of music and education across the world. A protégé of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar, Shubhendra Rao has established himself not only as a master of his instrument but also as a thinking musician, constantly endeavoring to carry his instrument beyond conventional boundaries and a musical bridge to many cultures. Critics and connoisseurs hail him as a worthy successor to his Guru’s tradition. Internationally, he has performed at major music festivals and prestigious concert halls including The Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House, Salzburg International Music Festival, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, National Arts Festival in South Africa, BRICS Summit in China, and Theatre de le Ville in Paris.
Saskia Rao-de Haas is a world-renowned virtuoso cellist, composer, cultural entrepreneur and educator from the Netherlands. She was trained as a Western cellist from a young age but changed direction when she came in touch with Indian music in 1993. She is known as a master performer in Indian classical music and hailed as the creator of a new instrument: the Indian cello. Flute Maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia speaks of his disciple Saskia as “someone who has been taught by God,” saying, “everybody should listen to her music”. Her compositions with her Sitarist husband Pandit Shubhendra Rao are well known all over the world. Critics and audiences alike have praised her for artistic depth and technical virtuosity.
With his trademark blend of technical brilliance, creative improvisations, and high-octane showpersonship, Aditya Kalyanpur’s award-winning tabla virtuoso performances instantly connect with and captivate audiences worldwide. He was a child prodigy who could replicate intricate rhythmic patterns on his first tabla at age three, and trained with none other than the late Ustad Allah Rakha and later, his son, Ustad Zakir Hussain.
October 6, 2019 at 2:00pm
Bates Recital Hall
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Date and Time
Bates Recital Hall (Butler School of Music) 2406 Robert Dedman Drive Austin Texas 78712