February 13, 2016
Afternoon (2pm - 5pm)
at Fateh Sagar Paal

Instrumental Quint
Aleksandar Simic, Saskia Rao - de Haas, Shubhendra Rao Sharat Chandra Srivastava, Fakhroddin Ghaffari
Aleksandar Simic
He has established a reputation as one of the leading classical composers of his generation. The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called him the Ambassador of Peace, while talking about his music in Doha in the year 2011. His music has also been used to mark numerous other official events, such as the UN General Assembly Sessions, Bicentennial of the Serbian state, the Tricentennial of St. Petersburg, or the Ecumenical gatherings of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchs. Website:
Saskia Rao - de Haas
She is a brilliant cellist and composer from the Netherlands. She has introduced her innovative new instrument, the Indian cello, to North Indian classical music and created a unique playing style to perform Indian music on the cello. Saskia, although born in Holland, performs at the most prominent Music Festivals and Concert halls the world over as a virtuoso of Indian Classical music.
Saskia has created music for different music productions, dance, film and theatre. She is the founder of the Raga Mala String Quartet and co-founder of East Maries West with Shubhendra Rao.  Saskia has recorded with International record labels and has recently recorded her new album. Website:
Pandit Shubhendra Rao
He is a composer and sitar soloist, a protégé of world renowned Sitar maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar, he 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.
Shubhendra ji has performed at major music festivals and concert halls like Broadway and Carnegie Hall in New York, WOMAD festival in Guernsey, UK, Sydney Opera House in Australia, National Arts Festival in South Africa, Theatre de le Ville in Paris, Edinburgh festival and Doverlane Music Conference in India. Website:

Sharat Chandra Srivastava

Sharat Chandra Srivastava has been active on the performing circuit for over 25 years. His distinct experimental approach led him to dabble with various genres of music. Sharat is both a Hindustani classical musician and a rock musician. As one of the leading classical violinists in north India, he has toured in many different parts of the world giving performances of Indian classical music, and also as the leader of the Delhi based fusion group Mrigya.. Website:

Fakhroddin Ghaffari
Iranian born percussionist Fakhroddin Ghaffari has mastery over multiple Persian and Middle Eastern percussion instruments including his principal instrument, Tombak, as well as Darbuka and Daf.. Fakhroddin has lived in India for the past 13 years performing and collaborating with top musicians from throughout India and has shared the stage with artists such as Abida Parveen and Hansraj Hans.