Guy Buttery and Kanada Narahari

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Schlesinger Theatre

Company: Guy Buttery and Kanada Narahari

With a meeting of two very distinct creative minds united by their
mutual curiosity in each other’s diverse musical worlds, Guy Buttery and
Kanada Narahari bring India even closer to its well established home in
South Africa. The fusing of music from both of these rich and varied
musical backgrounds is rooted in Guy and Kanada’s progressive
exploration of these worlds bridging the gap, as well as re-imagining
the realms between Africa and India. Dr Kanada Narahari was born in a
small village along the Western Ghats in Karnataka, India. When he was
just 9 years old, Kanada enrolled to study Carnatic classical vocal and
began to develop an interest in Hindustani Classical music with a
particular passion for the sitar. In his early 20’s Kanada found solace
at the feet of his mentor and teacher, Pandit Sanjeev Korthi. Whilst
this powerful musical journey evolved, Dr. Narahari qualified as an
Ayurvedic Doctor with a degree in BAMS. This then allowed him to
experiment with the healing properties of Classical music which he began
to infuse into his therapeutic practice. Today, Kanada is widely
regarded as a prominent music therapist and has evolved into a highly
accomplished sitar player performing through-out India, Nepal and South
Africa. “Guy Buttery is something of a National treasure”, says South
Africa’s leading newspaper The Mercury. As an internationally recognized
musician, this multi-instrumentalist enjoys invitations to play sell-out
performances all over the globe. However, to simply label Guy Buttery as
one of South Africa’s musical phenoms would be an injustice. His
international role has surpassed merely performing concerts to foreign
audiences. It has evolved into one as an ambassador of South African
music, inspiring people across the world with his homegrown style at the
very heart of his talent and tenacity. In 2018, Guy received the highest
accolade for a musician in South Africa and was awarded the Standard
Bank Young Artist Award. In almost 4 decades of honouring artist
throughout the country, this was the first time since its inception that
the award was presented to a musician outside of the classical realm.
Together, Kanada Narahari and Guy Buttery bring a newfound gathering of
these worlds creating something uniquely their own whilst simultaneously
drawing from their respective traditions. Expect high dynamics, delicate
African-Indian inflections and virtuoso string playing of an entirely
new order.

 

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