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Tuesday, July 3, 2018


(Kanada Narahari)

Acclaimed Indian classical musician and Ayurvedic doctor, Kanada Narahari graces the stage at the iZulu Theatre, Sibaya on July 22, 2018. For this superlative recital, the accomplished sitar player, who has performed widely in India, Nepal and South Africa, will be accompanied by veteran South African table player, Sri Rajish Lutchman.

Dr Kanada Narahari (Kanada Raghava) was born in Manchikeri, a small village in Western Ghats, Karnataka, India, to his illustrious parents, Vidvan Narahari Keshava Bhat and Sumangala Bhat. His father Vidvan Narahari Keshava Bhat is a renowned Sanskrit scholar, poet and author of many works in Sanskrit on theatre plays and Yakshagaana, a form of traditional performing art. Therefore, it is not surprising that, young Kanada Narahari would have been exposed to Indian performing arts, music and literature at very tender age.

When he was nine years old, he enrolled to study Carnatic classical vocal 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. This then began a new journey.

At the age of 22, he initially spent a year under Subrahmanya Hegade, he found solace at the feet of his mentor and teacher, Pundit Sanjeev Korthi. While this incredible journey evolved, Dr Narahari qualified as an Ayurvedic Doctor with BAMS degrees. This then allowed him to experiment the healing properties of Indian Classical music and began to infuse music into his therapeutic practice.

The one night only concert takes place on July 22, 2018. Tickets ranging in price from R100 are available at Computicket and the Sibaya Box Office.

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