Sandeep Das, one of the world’s leading tabla virtuosos, returns to Carolina Performing Arts with the renowned HUM Ensemble for Delhi to Damascus, a new concert celebrating the shared history between India and the Middle East and inspired by the Sanskrit phrase Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, meaning “the world is one family.” A Guggenheim Fellow and Grammy Award recipient, Sandeep Das is one of India’s top tabla maestros and composers.
About Delhi to Damascus
A collaboration between Indian Classical/Semi-Classical and Middle Eastern Music, Delhi to Damascus is the first initiative under the canopy of Sandeep Das’ larger project, “Transcending Borders One Note at a Time,” which aims to harness the transformative power of music and inspire positive social change. Delhi to Damascus will feature the tabla, sitar, kanun, sarangi, and vocals—some of the most iconic instruments of these countries. The eclectic and soulful repertoire—a mix of new compositions and rearrangements—draws on traditional Indian ragas, melodic Arabic maqams, philosophical Sufi poems, pulsating folk grooves, and lyrical thumri. An earnest quest to start a dialogue, spark compassion, and stimulate the imagination to see beyond geographical borders, Delhi to Damascus is a musical invitation to a spiritual odyssey, inspired by the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam—the beautiful ideal of inclusion, empathy, global community, and humanitarianism.