Afghanistan to India: Homayoun Sakhi and Josh Feinberg


Afghanistan to India: Homayoun Sakhi and Josh Feinberg

Date: Saturday, May 20, 8 pm
Price: $40 Regular, $36 Friends, $30 Students and Seniors
Tickets include same-day Museum admission.
A limited number of $20 Rush tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Immerse yourself in a sonic tapestry of masterful compositions performed by Afghan-American rubab virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi, masterful sitarist Josh Feinberg, and tabla prodigy Vivek Pandya. The captivating showcase embodies the unifying power of music through a blend of North Indian and Afghan classical music performed by an intercultural ensemble. 


Homayoun Sakhi

As one of the most outstanding Afghan rubab players of his generation, Homayoun Sakhi was born in Kabul into one of Afghanistan’s leading musical families. Sakhi is the heir to a musical lineage that began in the 1860s, when the ruler of Kabul, Amir Sher Ali Khan, brought classically trained musicians from India to perform at his court. Sakhi performs North Indian music from an Afghan perspective, reuniting raga with its original source — the cultivated musical traditions of the Iranian world. As a Master Musician of the Aga Khan Music Initiative, Sakhi has elevated the rubab from its traditional role as an instrument of accompaniment, bringing it to the forefront as a form of solo expression. 


Josh Feinberg

Celebrated as one of the world’s leading young sitarists, Josh Feinberg is hailed as one of the most original and dynamic sitar maestros of his generation. As a Jewish-American Hindustani artist, Feinberg is a self-described “musical immigrant” in the field of Indian classical music. Josh is an inspiring representation of the future of sitar in the 21st century and the growing diversity of the Hindustani music field.


Vivek Pandya 

Regarded as a tabla prodigy who can carry the legacy of the maestros to date, Vivek Pandya accompanies renowned young artists and respected musicians all around the globe, from Mumbai to New York and beyond. With a passion for spreading the legacy and culture of Indian classical music, Pandya has previously been invited to conduct an extramural lecture series at MSU university in Baroda and currently teaches a selection of young musicians.


Aga Khan Music Programme


The mission of the Aga Khan Music Programme (AKMP) is to foster the development of living musical heritage in societies across the world where Muslims have a significant presence and disseminate this work internationally through collaborations with exceptionally creative musicians, artists, educators, and arts presenters. AKMP was launched in Central Asia, with projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, and subsequently expanded to the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and West Africa. AKMP comprises the former Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Secretariat of the Aga Khan Music Awards. We focus on innovative music and foster the creation of new music inspired but not constrained by tradition. A newly created music publishing arm is managing intellectual property rights for recordings, publications, educational materials, music compositions, and films developed by or featuring educators and artists across AKMP’s areas of activity.


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