The Embassy of the Netherlands to organize an Indo-Dutch musical journey, people-to-people connect titled ‘Connecting Pathways’

New Delhi: The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is organizing a virtual launch of an Indo-Dutch musical journey, people-to-people connect tilted ‘Connecting Pathways’ in collaboration with Serendipity Arts, Strings of the World and in its continuing effort to boost the cultural ties between the Netherlands and India.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 15 December

Time: 1830-1930 IST

Virtual launch: Zoom and live on Facebook.

All through the pandemic, music has continued to play an important role in keeping the spirits high. As part of ‘Connecting Pathways,’ three musicians from the Netherlands and three musicians India will come together to perform five soulful instrumental theme songs. The event to be moderated by Murtaza Ali Khan, Indian art critics and journalist.

Indian Musicians: renowned Indian violinist Mr. Sharat Chandra Srivastava, Mridangam maestro Mr M V Chandrashekar, and noted sitaristMrFateh Ali Khan

Dutch Musicians: the celebrated tabla player and composer MrHeikoDijker, noted pianist Mr Rembrandt Frerichs and renowned cellist Ms Maya Fridman.

Themes: Gratitude, Harmony, Healing, Thankfulness and Meditation.


  1. ‘Glistering Waves’ is all about the Covid-19 pandemic and in the memory of the beautiful souls lost during the last two years
  2. ‘Garden Lounge’ is about the importance of healing. Even though we have progressed technologically, the world has seen a lot of mental and emotional pain in the last few decades. Healing is more necessary for the world now than perhaps anything else
  3. ‘Flying Beyond’ is about harmony, going deeper and further into our consciousness, using music as the path
  4. ‘Binnen zonderkloppen’ (which translates as ‘Enter without knocking on the door’) celebrates solidarity between the people of India and the Netherlands
  5. ‘Pahadi Soul’ is a meditation song

Speaking about the initiative, Ms. Smriti Rajgarhia, Director, Serendipity Arts Foundation & Festival, said, We at Serendipity Arts are happy to partner with the Netherlands Embassy of India for this august Indo-Dutch initiative, furthering the spirit of collaboration and cultural exchange between the two nations and bringing our diverse cultures together to support artistic innovation and experimentation. We are excited to be a part of this cultural exchange, driving dialogue through the arts”. 

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Sharing his thoughts on the event, Mr. Sharat Chandra Srivastava said,“‘Connecting Pathways’ is a beautiful concert featuring collaboration between Indian and Dutch musicians. This is a very unique collaboration under Strings of the World where we are jamming and creating new music with our fellow musicians from the Netherlands. We have HeikoDijker on the tabla, Rembrandt Frerichs on the piano with Maya Fridman on the cello. And from India, we have Fateh Ali Khan Sahab on the sitar, M V Chandrashekar on Mridangam, and I am on the violin.”

Speaking about the concert, Mr. Heiko Dijker said, “It’s indeed heartening that during these difficult and challenging times we have still managed to collaborate internationally on such a beautiful project. It’s really wonderful to be collaborating with some of the greatest musicians from the Netherlands and India. Let’s join hands and let out paths cross and share beauty and bliss of music.

International collaborations between artists such as ‘Connecting Pathways’ have been instrumental in uniting humanity during these difficult times. Join us and be part for the musical journey, a great way to express emotions and convey feelings. Live streaming on various social media channels, starting at 1830 IST on December 15, 2021.

Register now to experience one of its kind journey!

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