Fusion magic

Fusion magic

New Delhi: Shubhendra and Saskia Rao, both Indian classical musicians, come from two different musical backgrounds: one from a western classical tradition, and the other grew up with the pure Indian classical tradition. But this husband-wife duo has come together to make music that impresses a global audience.

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Saskia, a cellist who’s originally from the Netherlands, studied North Indian classical music with flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. She has adapted the cello to Indian classical music and uses a specially created cello for this purpose. “It’s my aim to bring together the two cultures that are now there in me", she says.

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c8cf6f68-0bb8-11de-885c-000b5dabf613.flvHer husband, sitarist Shubhendra Rao, who has been working with different genres of music – everything from Chinese and Japanese to Jazz, says this is the best time for him to explore his musicality. “It’s a wonderful world right now where we live in where we can explore all these great things", he says. “The blending of east and west is happening in the true sense of the word."

Saskia and Shubhendra, work together and individually. “The music we make together is an extension of our marriage" says Shubhendra.

Saskia and Shubhendra’s next concert will be at the Chinmaya Center in Delhi on 13 March.

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