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Societe Generale Private Banking supports indian maestro's Shiv-Hari performance in Singapore

Societe Generale Private Banking (Asia Pacific) will be the Presenting Sponsor of the first of its kind “Shiv-Hari Concert” to be held on 24 July 2011 at the Esplanade in Singapore.

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia are famous Indian classical music legends, performing for the first time together in the lion city. They will perform in the presence of His Excellency S R Nathan, President of Singapore.

Societe Generale Private Banking always aspires to craft a balance between business and culture bringing support to the society in which the private bank operates. Thus, Societe Generale Private Banking has been playing an active role in promoting music in Asia. The private bank has been notably a partner of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the past six years. It is committed to music development and supports the musician chair endowment of a talented young violinist.

Since 1987, Societe Generale Group has become established as a key sponsor in the musical world. Through its Mecenat Musical Societe Generale (MMSG), the Group supports the entry of promising young talent into the world of professional performance. MMSG, which is also committed to raising the awareness of young people to music, treats music as a constantly evolving art form, and encourages initiatives in creativity by commissioning senior composers like Bernard Cavanna, Ivan Fedele, Philippe Manoury, Thierry Pécou, Francesco Filidei and Hèctor Parra to compose the music of today that will become the tomorrow’s heritage.

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma was born in Jammu to the singer, Uma Dutt Sharma. His father started teaching him vocals and tabla when he was just five. His father did extensive research on santoor and decided that Shiv Kumar should be the first musician to play Indian classical music on santoor. So he started learning santoor at the age of 13 and made Uma Dutt Sharma’s dream come true. He gave his first public performance in Bombay in 1955. His first big opportunity at film music came from the Legendary Director Shantaram in 1965 with Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje. Besides numerous awards by various Indian organisations, he has received both the Padmashree and Padma Vibhushan from the Government of India. The Padma Vibhushan is the second highest award given to a citizen of India. He has also been extensively awarded by Western governments and has been named as honorary citizen of the city of Baltimore. He was honoured by the State of New Mexico in 2007 and in the same year was bestowed as the International Cultural Ambassador award by the World Bank

Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia has earned several awards, in 1992, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Konarak Samman. In 1994, he was bestowed the Yash Bharati Sanman and in 2000, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia was born in Allahabad. His father was a wrestler. His mother dies when he was four. He had to learn music without his father’s knowledge, for his father wanted him to become a wrestler. He often credits his wrestling training for giving him the immense stamina and lung power that are the hallmarks of his flute playing. He has collaborated with several western musicians, including “John McLaughlin”, “Jan Gabarek”, “Yehudi Menuhin” and “Jean Pierre Rampal”. Panditji was honoured by the Dutch Royal family at a glittering ceremony at Amsterdam. . He has been conferred the title of Officier in the Order of Orange Nassau(“officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau”) by the Dutch Government and was honoured by Princess Maxima. He has also been honoured by the French Government and has been appointed Knight in the Order of Arts and Letter (“Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”). Churasia heads the World Music Department at the Rotterdam Music Conservatory.