New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) Celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations between India and the Netherlands, the Embassy of the Netherlands and the National Gallery for Modern Arts (NGMA) organised a musical concert, “Song of Water”, on Friday evening here.
The 75-minute original composition by Indo-Dutch couple, sitar maestro Pandit Shubhendra Rao and cellist Saskia Rao-de Haas, was followed by a curated walk through the exhibit of works of iconic Indian artist Nandalal Bose.
Marten van den Berg, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to India, noted that The Netherlands and India share cultural relations that go back over 400 years, “building people-to-people connections which also involved mutually enriching cultural exchanges”.
“Culture and creative sectors play a very important role in connecting people and building sustainable communities through inspiring environments. Both India and the Netherlands have a remarkable connection with water. Rivers and the sea are deeply intertwined with the essence and soul of the countries. Artists from both countries are essential to this relationship,” he said.
The unique mix of cross-cultural music and visual art is a coming together of six different artworks from the two richly diverse countries.
From the flow of the Ganga in India to the sea in the Netherlands, from Raja Ravi Verma to Piet Mondriaan, from Jacoba van Heemskreck to Amrita Sher Gill, from Jozef Israëls to Jamini Roy — the paintings of the legendary masters were brought alive by the music of the two artistes.
“As artists, Saskia and I always try to bring something new into our music. The beauty and joy of creating something new is such an exhilarating journey & for sure, this project has been one of the most satisfying experiences. To bring together beautifully two streams of art in a very unique way was our dream and we are indeed happy to be able to do this. We hope to tour this all over the world since arts unite people like nothing else can,” Rao said.
The artiste couple noted that as composers they have always been inspired by nature and for “Song of Water”, they have taken inspiration from the universal source of life, water.
“We explore the meaning of water in India and the Netherlands through the lens of artworks with subject matter that connects to the soul of each country: the Ganga in India and the sea in the Netherlands. ‘Song of Water’ breaks the boundaries set by conventional art presentations: exhibitions in a museum and concerts in a concert hall,” Saskia Rao-de Haas said. PTI MAH SHD SHD
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