‘The Malhaar Concerto' for
sitar, tabla and Orchestra was performed by the NUSSO
(National University of Singapore - Symphony Orchestra)
as the opening event of the Water Policy Dialog held in
conjunction with the Singapore International Water Week,
on Thursday June 25 at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public
Policy, National University of Singapore.
The Malhaar Concerto is
based on the 'Rain' movement of the 'The Sound of
Seasons' written by Kanniks Kannikeswaran in 2007. The
orchestral performance was conducted by Mona Lim and was
preceded and followed by a narrative spoken by
Kannikeswaran. This opening was conceived and designed
with the idea of creating the setting for a dialog on
water by delegates spanning the public, private sectors
and academia of various countries.
Photo: Michael Culme Seymor
Lifestyle Photography - Singapore
Inspired by the raaga mian malhaar, this cocerto weaves
together several themes based on the raga in a complex
polyphonic framework in four movements representing the
gathering of clouds, the dance of peacocks, rain and
floods and the bounty of water.