Renowned Naga violinist and musician Nourhevilie Khate has added another feather to his hat by becoming one of the only Naga violinists to make it to South Asian Symphony Orchestra (SASO), an internationally renowned group of musicians.
Led by Houston based Indian American, Viswa Subbaraman, SASO draws its members from the region of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora which includes a total of eight countries.
Building the orchestral group from scratch, founders of the group have been mining for musical talent among musicians of South Asian origin who are trained in Western classical music.
The goal of the orchestra is to build cooperation and coexistence in South Asia, to instil the understanding among the youths that our destinies as South Asians are interlinked, that peace and dialogue are legitimate goals.
The group also aspires to stress common humanity, fraternity and equality at the same time fight ignorance and to promote better understanding of each other with music as an instrument to promote these goals since separation and division could not bring peace.
Besides going for orchestral performances, SASO would be funding five to ten musicians who have been selected as members would go abroad to a summer music program/workshop in Europe or the United States where they will undergo intensive training under well established teachers.
Nourhe, as he is fondly called, holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance (Violin) from the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London and he has been selected through audition. The orchestra has performed in Colombo, Sri Lanka, earlier this year with a concert titled ‘Music Beyond Borders’.
Besides concerts SASO also holds music workshops and trainings with participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.