Roots of Fire 2017 - David Murphy, Sinfonia Verdi and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Performance at Kala Academy, Goa, on 19 January 2017. David Murphy conducting Sinfonia Verdi orchestra and young aspiring instrumentalists a at Kala Academy, Goa, on 19 January 2017. Roots of Fire Masterclasse at Lourdes Convent in Saligao, GoaFrom left to right: Ayaan Ali Khan, Amjad Ali Khan, and Amaan Ali Khan.David Murphy, Sinfonia Verdi and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan on stage

Roots of Fire in Goa and Mumbai! | Press

In January 2017, Goa and Mumbai saw the fruition of a pioneering international musical project, Roots of Fire aiming to celebrate the on-going musical dialogue between the East and the West and inspire young, aspiring instrumentalists.


Goan children were given the opportunity to experience instruments and mix rhythmic western harmony with Indian rhythmic ideas through masterclasses conducted by internationally acclaimed conductor David Murphy, held at the Lourdes Convent in Saligao between the 16 and 19 January.


Their journey culminated in a concert combining Eastern and Western traditions on 19 January at the Kala Academy, Goa. The young musicians opened a magical musical night as they were followed by legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and the UK-based Orchestra Sinfonia Verdi conducted by David Murphy. The performance included works by Mozart, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and David Murphy.


The project then moved to Mumbai for a performance at the Royal Opera House on 20th January with Sarod sensations, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash and David Murphy.


The Bagri Foundation is thrilled to support this project led by David Murphy and presented by the Deccan Heritage Foundation.

Here is a selection of where the project was covered in the press

News Experts

Goa on a Musical Journey Where East Meets West
13 January 2017


Ustad Amjad Ali Khan: “I’m very happy to be a part of Roots of Fire […] Music transcends borders and this dialogue between the east and the west will be a great way to bring this thought to life.”

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Finding one’s fiery roots
19 January 2017, Team Café


David Murphy: “Goa is such a fantastic place to explore cultural understanding and to bring musicians together, especially with children. I’m happy to have the support of Bagri Foundation and the Deccan Heritage Foundation to support this initiative.”


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Times of India

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan enthralls audience in Goa
20 January 2017, Nida Sayed


Ustad Amjad Ali Khan: “It is a great honour to be here in Goa and to work with Sinfonia Verdi and David Murphy.”

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United News of India

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan takes audiences on magical journey through his performance
20 January 2017


‘It was an evening to remember […]The amphitheatre was packed with music enthusiasts and the one and a half-hour long performance kept the audience entertained throughout the evening. […] These creative roots ultimately know no boundaries of culture, nationality or religion.’

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The Hindu 

Musical dialogues by Rinky Kumar
19 January 2017


Ayaan Ali Bangash: “It’s a great honour for us to perform with Sinfonia Verdi and David and convey this message of universal togetherness and brotherhood. […] It will be an interesting collaboration because western classical music has a written score, while Indian classical music doesn’t have one. So artistes from both the sides will come out of their respective comfort zones and push the boundaries of music. Both sets of artistes have to come to a meeting point without any verbal dialogue, but only through music.”

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