The Consulate of India, New York in association with “Salon De Virtuosi”, presented the annual ‘East Meets West’ concert at the Consulate’s Ballroom on the evening of June 17, 2016. Charlotte White, founder of “Salon de Virtuosi”, an organization aimed to support emerging artists by providing them performance opportunities, speaking on the annual presentation in the Consulate admired India’s culture and traditions and mentioned about her long standing relations with India extending to over seven decades.
Representing the West in the concert was the Aeolus String Quartet, the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Julliard School. They have won numerous prizes and competitions and are known for their “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discover”.
The East was represented by Pt. Barun Kumar Pal, recognized Hansaveena artist from India whose music incorporates the blend of Veena, Sitar and Sarod and the brilliant DibyarkaChatterjee, a young and promising Tablaplayer. Both Pt. Barun Kumar Pal and DibyarkaChatterjee mesmerized the audience with their Ragas. The musical evening concluded with aesthetically pleasing fusion of Eastern and Western music filling the atmosphere with unity of sound and it received standing ovation from the audience.