Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Travelife India Night at the Dusit Thani

at the Dusit Thani Manila

An evening of Indian culture
and world-class music
February 25, 2011
Dusit Thani Manila

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PhP 1499 per person

To reserve, please call Rachel or Tonet
at Travelife Magazine
Tel 813-8400/ 892-2620

or email travelife@travelife.biz

On February 25, Travelife Magazine, in cooperation with the Embassy of India and the Dusit Thani Manila, is presenting Travelife India Night, a wonderful evening of gourmet Indian food and world-class Indian music. For those who love India, and for those who want to experience a taste of India, this will be a wonderful and most enjoyable evening of culture. We at Travelife Magazine are great fans of India, and we invite our dear readers and friends to join us for this special night -- an evening of India that will almost be like traveling to India itself, even just for a few hours.

Gourmet Indian dinner

The evening will begin with a multi-course dinner specially prepared by Chef Naushad Alam, the Dusit Thani Manila's Indian chef, who is very excited to showcase his Indian cooking skills in a formal venue filled with lovers of Indian food. As some of you may be aware, the Dusit Thani Manila doesn't have an Indian restaurant although you can taste some of Chef Alam's dishes as part of the buffet lineup at Basix. But he's been raring to have the opportunity for a proper and dedicated event for Indian food, so I can assure you that you will dine on the most excellent cuisine.

Dinner with the Indian Ambassador

Over dinner, H. E. Ambassador Yogendra Kumar, the Indian ambassador to the Philippines, will speak about India and perhaps answer some questions from the audience.

As a finale, we will have a fantastic performance of sitar and sarod music from some of India's top classical artists, who will be in Manila for a very short visit. During their only free evening in Manila, they've very kindly agreed to perform for Travelife Magazine readers and friends. This is not the kind of concert you can easily get to see -- whether in India or in any other part of the world for that matter.

The sweet tones of the sitar

The sitar, a sweet-toned relative of the lute, is one of India's most unique and popular stringed instruments, and also one of the best-known and best -loved genres of Indian classical music internationally. It achieved worldwide recognition via such renown artists as Ravi Shankar, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, who all incorporated the sitar into their music. Our sitar group of performers for this very special Travelife Experiences evening is headed by Zunain Khan, son of the legendary sitarist Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, and himself one of India's most famous young sitarists. Known among Indian and international music afficionados for his subtlety of approach and rendition, Zunain has enthralled audiences for his talent in conveying the beautiful music of the sitar.

The deep, throaty renditions of the sarod

Meanwhile, the sarod is another popular stringed instrument for Indian classical music and, together with the sitar, it is one of the genres of Indian music most highly appreciated overseas. It's known for its deep and overpowering sound. The sarod group performing at the Travelife Experiences India Night is headed by Abhijit Roychoudhury, one of India's top sarod artists. The son of Biswajit Roychoudhury, an equally renowned sarod artist, and the disciple of some of India's other most accomplished sarod artists, he began performing the sarod at the age of eight.

This event was organized with the kind cooperation of:

Embassy of India

Indian Council for Cultural Relations


1 comment:

  1. could they throw in some indian dancing in there as well? i am not fully convinced.