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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


(Dr Kanada Narahari)

On April 24, L’Aperitivo Venue in Umhlanga will play host to the soothing sounds of a duo performance of Classical Indian Music by sitar virtuoso Dr Kanada Narahari, accompanied by Rajish Lutchman on the tabla.

Being the son of renowned Sanskrit scholar, poet and author Vidvan Narahari Keshava Bhat, who has penned many works on theatre and the traditional performing art of Yakshagaana, it is not surprising that young Kanada Narahari was exposed to Indian performing arts, music and literature at a tender age.

When he was just nine years old, he enrolled to study Carnatic classical vocal techniques with Vidushi Shreedevi Aravind. After spending some years under Vidushiji, he began to develop an interest in Hindustani Classical music and was particularly attracted to the sitar. He found solace at the feet of his mentor and teacher, Pundit Sanjeev Korthi.

Along his musical journey, Dr Narahari qualified as an Ayurvedic Doctor with BAMS degrees. This allowed him to experiment with the healing properties of Classical music and began to infuse music into his therapeutic practice. In order to do this effectively, he developed an academic interest in all genres of music and today is widely recognised as a prominent music therapist.

He has evolved into a highly accomplished sitar player having performed widely in India, Nepal and South Africa.

Dr Narahari will be accompanied by Rajish Lutchman on the tabla. A percussion instrument used extensively in Indian classical and popular music, it consists of a small right hand drum called dayan and a larger metal one called bayan. Lutchman has studied under the late Ismail Cassim Tai and his music has been largely influenced by his father, Lutchman Ganpath. He has a great love for and knowledge of classical music as he also co-presents the Hindustani classical music programme Raag Vaani with Preshaan Hemraj on Radio Hindvani.

The performance takes place on April 24 at 19h30 at L'Aperitivo Venue, 9 Aurora Drive, 6/7 Umhlanga Ridge, Durban. Tickets R300 pp and include an Indian Fusion Buffet. Bookings on 072 947 3804 or 031 825 2939 or email

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