Asian studies in Lithuania

Festival of Classical Indian Art “Sursadhana 2019”

Date and time: 2019-11-07 18:00 - 2019-11-09 20:00

Location: Kultūros centras Žvejų rūmai, Taikor pr. 70, Klaipėda; VU Teatro salė, Universiteto g. 3, Vilnius

This November, the Sursadhana Festival of Classical Indian Art traditionally invites you to lighten up your autumn mood and immerse yourself in the mysterious world of Indian sounds and movements. This year, the festival scene will meet and interweave craftsmanship and tradition, the search for new forms and the cultural expression of creative expression.

The festival will be opened by the stage project “LauMes”, which combines Indian classical and Lithuanian contemporary music, vocal and rhythmic improvisations, different Indian dance traditions in one scene. This multi-layered dance and music action tells women’s stories: everyday and simple, global and changing world events. Their confusing and unpredictable destinies are full of love and hate, birth and destruction, as if they were woven in the LauMe belt.

The audience will be delighted with the traditional composition of the classical South Indian dance Bharatanatyam “Idadu Padam – Shiva Dance” performed by Rajyashree Ramesh Academy dancers.

The musical part of this year’s festival is so ready to surprise listeners with intercultural intertwining. Folkloric stylization “Sun Planting the Garden” will combine two musical traditions: Lithuanian and Indian.

The musical part culminates with Matyas Wolter (Germany) as the main guest of the festival. Matyas is a professional musician who has mastered sitar and surbahar instruments. He discovered classical Indian music while studying musicology in Berlin. Back then hearing classical raga music for the first time, Matyas became fascinated and began studying it with renowned sitar maestro Subroto Roy Chowdhury (Old Style School) in Calcutta. Later he continued his studies with Sarod Master – Irfan Khan (Shajahanpur-Lucknow Tradition). Musician has performed at prestigious Indian and jazz music festivals around the world: Dover Lane Music Conference in Calcutta, Sitar Festival in St. Petersburg, Glastonbury in Great Britain, Leverkusener Jazztage in Germany, and more. His collaboration with the world-famous jazz music project Pulsar Trio has earned Matyas and his instrument worldwide recognition. The musician has released a number of successful classical raga music and albums with the Pulsar Trio and is constantly collaborating on various music projects and producing music for motion pictures. (,

At this year’s festival surbahar will be accompanied by Sanjib Kumar Pal (India) – maestro of tabla and pakhawaj percussion. The musician is well known in India for his very clean and balanced accompaniment to vocal and instrumental music. Sanjib has been playing percussion from when he was seven years old with renowned teachers such as Sunil Kammakan, Hridoy Biswas and legendary singer Pandit Shankar Gosh, who has encouraged his student to take up solo percussion.

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Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU