Chiragh: A Concert Beyond Borders

Updated: Oct 19, 2021



On April 26, 2019, The South Asian Symphony Orchestra gave its debut performance at the NCPA, Mumbai. Viswa Subbaraman, the conductor and Tharanga Goonetilleke, the soprano, with over 70 musicians from more than 5 countries in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora came together for this concert. The founder-trustees of the foundation – Nirupama Rao and her husband, Sudhakar Rao share a vision of transcending borders and building bridges through music. Also gracing the debut concert of the orchestra were the Vice President of India and the Governor of Maharashtra.


The concert featured classical works from Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Mozart, Puccini and Felicien David. Apart from these, Chiragh also premiered compositions by two female composers – the specially-commissioned orchestral work, “Hamsafar: A Journey through South Asia”, was composed by Lauren Braithwaite and “Bhadke” by Kamala Sankaram.


The booklet of the program is available here.



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Welcome address by Ambassador (Retired) Nirupama Rao, Founder-Trustee, SASF: Click to read

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