Immerse yourself into meditative tones of hindustani ragas which are based on ancient teachings of body-mind harmonization using sound vibrations – discover beauty and power of Indian classical music. Sitarist Arjun Verma (USA) is one of its top-class young performers, disciple of legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. Arjun will be accompanied on tabla by another excellent player, tablist Florian Schiertz (Germany).

Arjun Verma Prague concert


18 April 2019
19:30 – 22:00


Divadlo Kampa
Nosticova 2a, 118 00 Praha 1
Malá strana


Sitar – Arjun Verma
Tabla – Florian Schiertz
Tampura – Eva Hlinková

Arjun Verma – sitar

Arjun Verma is a sitarist trained by Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. As a child, Arjun learned from his father, sitarist Roop Verma, himself a disciple of Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar. As a teenager, Arjun was very fortunate to study with Ali Akbar Khan for eight years, and since the Maestro’s passing in 2009, with his son Alam Khan. The combination of these influences results in a style encompassing the profound as well as exhilarating aspects of North Indian classical music.

Arjun has performed around the world, including noteworthy performances with St. Louis Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and at Prague Castle, Pattee Arena, the Fillmore, and at the United Nations in Geneva.
Arjun has performed with renowned musicians in many genres, including Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Alam Khan, Bob Weir, Pandit Sharda Sahai, Ustad Shabbir Nisar, Nitin Mitta, Kai Eckhardt, Krishna Das, Anirban Roy Chowdhury, and Salar Nader.

Arjun’s music has received critical acclaim from leading publications, including the New York Times, Sruti Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Rag Nat Bhairav, is a variation of principal rag Bhairav, one of the six male ragas family. It is played in a devotional mood in the early morning hours.

Arjun Verma plays Jor and Jhala in Raag Nat Bhairav
Videography by Renick Turley

Florian Schiertz – Tabla

Born in 1973 in Germany Florian Schiertz postgraduated in performance at the Rotterdam Conservatoire in the fields of tabla and North Indian classical music. He is a disciple of Sumantra Guha of the Farukhabad gharana and has recently returned from his 17th studying and performing sojourn in India. Florian accompanied sitar player Pandit Kushal Das in Europe and in India. With Kolkata based musician Kalyan Mukherjee he gave about 100 sarod concerts. His performance with western-classical percussionist Wolfram Winkel at the tabla festival in Munich has been broadcasted on BR-Klassik on 11.01.2014 with the comment: “A meeting of cultures: breathtaking and full of suspense.”

“Path breaking: German Tabla Vadak holds audience spellbound” – The Hitavada, M.P., INDIA, 15.02.2009 Newspaper Clippings”The BEAT SCIENTISTS – German percussionists Florian Schiertz and Wolfram Winkel script a new musical language” – The Hindu, February 26, 2015

“One can never master Indian classical music” – Times of India, March 2014

“Tabla is his soul” – Indian Express, March 2011

“Soul of music can cross boundaries” – The Hindu, INDIA, April 2010

Raag Chandranandan, composed by Ali Akbar Khan is based on combinations of four evening ragas, Malkauns, Chandrakauns, Nandakauns and Kaushi Kanada.

Recorded 21.11.2015 at Deutsch Indische Kulturgesellschaft Tuebingen
Govinda Schlegel – sarod, sitar
Florian Schiertz – tabla


Tickets can be purchased at the concert venue before the performance or online.

The ticket price is 300 CZK, children under 12 years have free admission.

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Follow-up workshop on indian classical music

The concert will be followed by three-day workshop on Indian classical music in the Yoga school of Bast near Prague, which will be dedicated to harmonic and rhytmic aspects of classical ragas interpretation. Workshop will be led by Arjun Verma and Florian Schiertz in two parallel sessions. It is suitable not only for sitar and tabla players, but for all musicians interested in Indian classical music – singers, guitarists, drummers etc. Accommodation and meals will be provided on the spot.

Date: 19-21 April 2019
Location: Škola jógy Bašť, Dlouhá 180, Bašť
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