Concerts - Chennai to Jaffna via the Veena

British-born Sri Lankan Tamil Hari Sivanesan a virtuoso Veena player invited everyone to join him on a musical journey to experience the pure essence of Chennai, colourful folk melodies, soulful temple song of South India and the vibe of Jaffna.

The Veena is one of India's oldest and most beautiful instruments, dating back 3,000 years and said to be the predecessor of the sitar. He was joined by percussion rhythms created on the Mridangam and vocals that provided audiences with a unique opportunity to hear Carnatic music created in the west.

Hari has performed with Ravi Shankar as a young teenager; and he played and sang on Ravi ji’s Chants of India album produced by former Beatle George Harrison.

Hari was accompanied by the brilliance of Pirashanna Thevarajah, an artist who has performed with the likes of Anoushka Shankar, Karsh Kale and Pt Ravi Shankar.

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I've just returned from seeing Chennai to Jaffna via the Veena.  What a wonderful evening!  I should be in bed now but am still buzzing :-)  Loved hearing about SAA-uk and the upcoming events, can't wait for the Solstice Festival.

Thanks for tonight and for introducing me to SAA-uk. 

Jennifer, Leeds