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Saskia Rao – de Haas Scintillating Cello Performance has BITS Pilani spellbound

09-02-2008 03:16 PM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: BITS Pilani Rajasthan

Brilliant Cello Player Saskia Rao – de Haas SPIC MACAY Concert at BITS Pilani

Brilliant Cello Player Saskia Rao – de Haas SPIC MACAY Concert at BITS Pilani

Her Cello Music truly speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul. In her opinion, popularity of Pandit Ravi Shankar worldwide is no way less than that of Bollywood’s SRK King Shahrukh Khan and Shahenshah Amitabh Bachchan.

Saskia Rao-de Haas, a brilliant cellist from the Netherlands has truly introduced a new sound in the world of Indian classical music. She has modified the cello to perform north Indian classical music. With a strong foundation in western classical and Indian classical music, she has ensured that critics and audiences worldwide have always received her music with great enthusiasm.

While completing her master's in ethnomusicology from the University of Amsterdam, Saskia's love for Indian classical music took her to the conservatory of Rotterdam to study under Koustav Ray and Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia. With no precedent to follow, Saskia worked with singular dedication to adapt the cello to Indian classical music. The playing style perfected by Saskia brings out the subtleties and the embellishments characteristic of north Indian classical music. She has incorporated new techniques that allow her to nurture the inherent closeness of the cello to the human voice and to explore unrestrained, the brilliance of her instrument. More details about Saskia can be found in

The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY), Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani Rajasthan chapter organized a cello performance by Saskia Rao-de Haas on Monday 01 September 2008 evening in the auditorium of the Institute.

Saskia picked the popular Raga Jog and played with utmost sensitivity which brought out a deep spiritual feeling. On Cello the effect was so deep that the audience was instantly elevated to a sublime plane. Certain chords in the fast tempo were so effective that they kept echoing in the mind even after the concert was over. After an hour’s play, sensing the mood of the audience, Saskia went on to play the elegant Raga Bihag and the rendering was sheer beauty and joy to be expressed in words.

Saskia’s Cello performance undoubtedly deserved houseful attendance at the auditorium of BITS Pilani and a standing ovation.

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani Rajasthan which has the reputation of pioneering the online examinations for admissions through the path breaking BITSAT and setting a bench mark in industry university collaborations is one among the top ranking universities towering above the rest in various best college surveys in India today. BITS offers degrees in various disciplines presently at Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad campuses apart from an array of work integrated learning programmes for HRD of a vast spectrum of Indian corporates. The alumni of the Institute who are who is who in various professions and Proud to be BITSians peaking with Passion Quotient for Alma mater are spread across the globe from Australia to America.

Dr BR Natarajan
Professor & Vice President BITSAA
BITS Pilani (Rajasthan) 333031 India
Phone 91-1596-242210
Fax 91-1596-244183

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