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Composer: Khan, Nishat

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NationalityIndia
Period20th century
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Prom 39: Holst, Vaughan Williams and Nishat Khan with BBC NOW and David Atherton

Nishat Khan performs with David Atherton and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the BBC Proms  ©  BBC/Chris Christodoulou
Only at the Proms could you hear two stalwarts of the 20th-century English school alongside a new concerto by an Indian classical sitar player. To be fair the work, by Holst was entitled Indra and has its roots in the composers study of Indian Sanskrit, which led to a number of works based on Hindu myths – culminating in his beautiful opera Savitri.
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