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SITAR-SAROD DUO FROM DELHI ARE FIRST INDIANS

TO PERFORM AT GRAMMY MUSEUM, USA
Left to right -Barry Phillips, Lakshay Mohan Gupta, Sukanya Shankar, Aayush Mohan Gupta and Kenji Ota

Lakshay & Aayush Mohan Gupta collaborate with acclaimed cellist Barry Phillips to mark Pandit Ravi Shankar’s 95th birth anniversary

New Delhi, April  30, 2015: The Grammy Museum at Los Angeles recently celebrated Pandit Ravi Shankar’s 95th Birth Anniversary and unveiled its latest special exhibit- Ravi Shankar: A Life in Music.  The momentous evening was witnessed by the great Sitar Vituoso’s family, his two talented grand-disciples and innumerable followers.

The first of a kind show in the United States featured a special performance of Shankar’s world music piece by the trio comprised of internationally acclaimed musician Barry Phillips on cello, Lakshay Mohan Gupta on Sitar and Aayush Mohan Gupta on Sarod. The trio’s music displayed a unique meeting of the East-West sound and illustrated the legacy of Ravi Shankar to be taken forward.

Lakshay Mohan & Aayush Mohan are the grand disciples of Pandit ji and also known as the “musical grandchildren.” The two young protégés are also the first Indians to perform at The Grammy Museum. They have been touring the USA for the last one month and have enthralled audiences at a number of reputed classical music festivals in various cities with their Sitar – Sarod duets.

In addition to the trio, Lakshay & Aayush performed a Raga-Mala (a garland of Ragas) composed by them based on Ragas created by Pt. Ravi Shankar. A short documentary film on Pandit Ravi Shankarwas also screened.

The evening was also attended by famous musicians and personalities like David Murphy, George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum Bob Santelli and Pt. Ravi Shankar’s wife Sukanya Shankar.

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