GUESTS at the Bollywood Soiree red carpet gala event in Mandurah later this month will be serenaded with Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite composition by local sitar artist Vasant Patel.
Vasant said he had been attracted to Hindustani classical music since childhood.
“These are still my early days in perfecting technique but I believe that with sitar you can express any emotion you wish,’’ he said.
“One thing I like the most about a sitar is that it’s a very intricate instrument due to the endless possibilities it offers.
“It’s a versatile instrument and bridges the East with the West; you can literally adapt to any style of music with it.’’
Vasant began learning sitar in 2013 from his guruji, Vijaykumar Sharma, who is a gold medallist in the instrument, and says he is still learning from him.
“I developed an interest while I was learning Hindustani classical singing from my guruji.
“I’m actively associated with BAPS organisation as a volunteer and am a disciple of H.D.H Pramukhswamiji Maharaj.”
BAPS (Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha) is a global socio-spiritual Hindu organisation founded on the pillars of practical spirituality caring for societies, families and individuals through a worldwide network of over 3850 centres.
“My spiritual guru H.D.H. Pramukhswamiji Maharaj has a mantra,’’ Vasant explained.
“‘Many ask how can you mix spirituality and social service and I say how can you separate the two?’”
Bollywood Soiree will raise proceeds for Mandurah charity StepMCI which targets issues affecting local children and young people.
It is being held at Catch 22 tapas and cocktail lounge on Saturday, November 21 at 6pm.
Tickets cost $100 a head and include drinks on arrival and a three-course menu crafted by Catch 22. To donate or for more information, call Stella Kassiotes on 0411 470 506.