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Season 8 – Emirates NBD Classics presents enchanting evenings of Hindustani classical music, featuring the legends and Doyens of the Hindustani Classical Music industry.

Each season of the Emirates NBD Classics brings splendid evenings of a higher order musical macrocosm. With each concert, the city’s music aficionados get an otherwise rare opportunity to witness the sheer magic of the world’s most celebrated music virtuosos.

Season 8 – Emirates NBD Classics presents enchanting evenings of Hindustani classical music, featuring the legends and Doyens of the Hindustani Classical Music industry.

Each season of the Emirates NBD Classics brings splendid evenings of a higher order musical macrocosm. With each concert, the city’s music aficionados get an otherwise rare opportunity to witness the sheer magic of the world’s most celebrated music virtuosos. On the whole, the season presents an awe-inspiring diversity of talent, symphony and performance. As a leading artist puts it “The Classics are the assurance of the future of Indian music”.

On February 8, 2018, Emirates NBD Classics Season 8 is proud to present, the world-renowned Hindustani classical music legend Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma for the first time at Dubai Opera.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is an Indian classical musician and a renowned ‘Santoor’ player; santoor is an Indian folk instrument. Born to a trained vocalist and tabla player, he was destined to become a classical musician from an early age. His father recognized potential in a folk instrument ‘Santoor’ and encouraged him to learn playing it. Shivkumar Sharma became famous because of his improvisations with santoor and he revolutionized it as one of the most riveting classical instruments. He is single-handedly responsible for making the santoor a popular classical instrument. He introduced the new chromatic arrangement of notes and increased the range to cover full three octaves. He also improvised a new technique of playing with which he could sustain notes and maintain sound continuity. He is the sole musician to have brought santoor at par with other classical instruments and established it across the globe with his sheer brilliance and conviction. He is among those rare classical musicians who have been able to achieve success in the world of film music as well. His compositions for blockbusters such as ‘Silsila’ and ‘Chandni’ are a manifestation of his musical brilliance. With his creative genius, he has created a new genre of instrumental music. Through his performances over a period of more than half a century, he has created millions of new listeners and ardent fans of Indian classical music.

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