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Fri 04 Sep 2020

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Centerstage: Raga and Rasa in Indian Music

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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power

Centerstage: Raga and Rasa in Indian Music

September 04, 2020, Friday | 06:00 - 08:30 PM IST

Special Guest: Amb. Venu Rajamony, Ambassador of India to the Netherlands

Moderator: Dr. Lakshmi Sreeram, Music Scholar


  • Smt. Sudha Ragunathan, Carnatic Vocalist
  • Shri. Suresh Vyas, Sarod Artist
  • Dr. Ritwik Sanyal, Dhrupad Exponent



Amb. Venu Rajamony

Ambassador of India to the Netherlands

H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony is Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands since June 8, 2017. He is the Permanent Representative of India to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and is also responsible for India’s relations with the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and other legal institutions in The Hague. Ambassador Rajamony’s tenure of nearly three years has seen a vibrancy in India-Netherlands relations like never before with the exchange of several high level visits between the two countries including the first State Visit to India by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in October 2019; Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s visit to India in 2018 ; Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Netherlands in 2017;  visit by Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishanker to the Netherlands; and visits to the Netherlands by Chief Ministers of Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and West Bengal. Ambassador Rajamony has authored much acclaimed books India and the Netherlands - Past, Present and Future (September 2019); What We Can Learn From The Dutch – Rebuilding Kerala post 2018 Floods (January 2019). The book on India and the Netherlands was released by the King of the Netherlands with the participation of the Queen of the Netherlands, Minister of Education and Culture and many other dignitaries. He has also to his credit an acclaimed monograph titled India-China-US Triangle: A Soft Balance of Power in the Making, and a coffee table book titled: India and the UAE: In Celebration of a Legendary Friendship.


Dr. Lakshmi Sreeram

Music Scholar

Dr. Lakshmi Sreeram is an Indian Classical Vocalist in both Carnatic and Hindustani traditions. A Doctorate from the University of Mumbai in Philosophy, she pursues independent research and scholarly work. She was awarded Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship in 2019 - 2020. Also a freelance writer and a contributor on cultural matters for various magazines.


Smt. Sudha Ragunathan

Carnatic Vocalist

Smt. Sudha Ragunathan is a Carnatic vocalist, singer and composer from India. She was conferred the Kalaimamani award by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1994, Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2015) by the Government of India .


Shri. Suresh Vyas

Sarod Artist

Shri. Suresh Vyas is a professional musician playing Indian classical music on the sarod. He is a disciple of Guru-ma Annapurna Devi, daughter of Ustad Baba Allauddin Khan, who is the founder of the Senia-Maihar gharana. He carries forward the tradition of the Maihar gharana through his performances, lectures and teaching.


Dr. Ritwik Sanyal

Dhrupad Exponent

Dr. Ritwik Sanyal is an outstanding Dhrupad singer, Guru and Professor, Composer and writer. During his last 40 years, he immensely and extensively contributed to the propagation and revival of Dhrupad in almost every part of India and in around 50 countries of all the continents across the globe. He is a top grade artist of the All India Radio He has appeared several times in National Programmes of Music.