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Scriabin in the Himalayas on solstice 2015 IDY

In order to raise money for the restoration of the cultural heritage of Nepal, a unique event is organized in the Himalayas in response to the recent Gorkha earthquake.   
A concert with music of the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin (1871-1915) will be held at the outdoor terrace of the Thikse Monastery in central Ladakh, India on solstice, 21 June 2015, celebrating the Light.

Apart from musical compositions by Scriabin, the program will also contain Himalayan Cham dance, an interactive light show and an olfactory score of timed scent diffusions. A limited number of hundred tickets are available for 2000 pounds per person.

Various pieces by Scriabin will be performed by the following musicians: Matthew Bengtson (piano), Coady Green (piano) and Christopher Smith (piano), Neil Latchman (tenor). The date of this outdoor concert marks the anniversary date of the death of the composer, fulfilling his last wish to perform in the mighty mountainscape of the Himalayas.
 
For more information about the program, please click here.

Note: The United Nations recently declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. It will be celebrated at embassies of India and other places along the globe for the first time this year. Both the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin and Russian artist Nikolai Roerich (1874-1947; see paintings above) were in favor of yoga. 

Scriabin envisaged yoga or union would happen during the performance of his Gesammtkunstwerk Mysterium in the Himalayas, whilst Roerich established a school of Agni Yoga in London in 1920. Roerich's amazing art works can be seen in various museums in Europe, USA, India and his beloved Russia.

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