After serenading the Capital with some mesmeric Carnatic Jazz, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Renga Ensemble settled for a charming dining experience at a post-gig meet hosted by the British High Commissioner to India, Sir Richard Stagg.
The British High Commissioner’s residence at Rajaji Marg, reverberated with magnetic musical vibes.
The guests discussed nuances of Indian influences in Western music over sparkling wine and a sumptuous dinner spread. The LPO’s India tour featuring the Karnataka College of Percussion, having been received well, figured in many a chat that filled the room. While Lady Stagg was being a gracious host, her children Imogen and Bartie mingled with musicians.
Carnatic music geniuses Ramamani and TAS Mani shared their thoughts on the Indo-Western musical union. The performance, enabled by Aviva as the International Touring Partner and Hindustan Times as the Supporting Partner, brought to fore the West’s love for Indian sounds.
Among those present at the gala were Renga Ensemble Music Director Scott Stroman, musicians Ramesh Shotham and Mike Herting, LPO’s Matthew Todd and Lucy Forde, industrialist VC Burman with wife Monica, Aviva India CEO & MD TR Ramachandran with wife Sunitha, and Bajaj Capital’s Sanjiv Bajaj.