Here’s an amazing fact for all you music nerds out there: did you know that stringed instruments have been around since 13,000 BC? Their history stretches all over the world – including to India, home of the sitar, and China, where the guqin comes from.
To celebrate all things strings this summer, London’s China Exchange are putting these two ancient instruments head to head in a night of music and friendly competition. Will the Chinese guqin vibrate its way to success, or will the Indian sitar pluck victory from the audience votes?
Playing the guqin and leading Team China is globally recognised guqin grandmaster Xiangting Li, who will give a taste of why NASA sent a guqin recording to space to represent the intellectual capacity of human beings.
On the sitar and representing Team India is iconic instrumentalist Baluji Shrivastav OBE, who has performed and recorded with artists including Stevie Wonder, Massive Attack and Akram Khan. He’ll share his thoughts on what makes the sitar so special and why so many Western bands and artists including Coldplay, the Beatles and Metallica have used the instrument in their music.
Who will reign victorious this time? You will be instrumental in deciding!
More details on the China Exchange website.
Fancy winning tickets to see the action for yourself? We’re giving away a pair of tickets right here on Panda Radio.
Here’s how to enter:
- Go to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @PandaRadioUK and find the competition post
- Retweet on Twitter or comment on Facebook or Instagram to win!
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Competition closes 16th August. Terms and conditions apply.