NEW YORK, NY (TIP): It was a treat for the ear and the eye. Once again, after almost a year, East met West in a musical extravaganza on May 13. Charlotte White’s Salon De Virtuosi organized the grand musical event for the twentieth year in a row. The 99 year old Charlotte White, the Founder and Director of the Salon De Virtuosi, has over the past few decades discovered and promoted some “extraordinarily gifted international emerging musicians”. The musical extravaganza on Monday, May 13 at the Indian Consulate brought together Sivan Magen, a Harpist from the West, and Sameer Chatterjee on Tabla and K.V. Mahabala on Sitar from the East to give to the music lovers an evening of great music to remember.
Another attraction of the evening was a Kathak dance performance by Somwya Viswanath, a student of Janaki Patrik, Artistic Director of The Kathak Ensemble & Friends/Caravan, Inc. The Consul General of India in New York, Dnyaneshwar Mulay, in his opening remarks quoted from the ancient Indian literature to dwell on the glory of music. He complimented Charlotte White for bringing together the music of the East and the West. Charlotte White spoke of her long association with India and the Indian Consulate in New York and thanked the Consul General for his kind words and collaboration with Salon De Virtuosi.