Rohit Walia, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Sarasin Alpen and Alpen Capital, felicitating Ustad Shujaat Khan
Sarasin Alpen and Alpen Capital, Oman, hosted their fourth annual Global Fusion concert on 3 March 2011 at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat, Oman. The event was a huge success and was attended by the organizations’ clients in the GCC as well as leading personalities from the region.
The concert led by the world famous sitarist Ustad Shujaat Khan saw spectacular performances by master musicians such as Rahim Al Haj, Taufiq Qureshi, Patrick Possey, Yogesh Samsi, Michael Glenn, Firas Shahrstan and Manjari Chaturvedi on Sufi Kathak dance. One of the highlights of the Fusion concert was the performances of Omani musicians from the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra – Saleh Hadid Al Mukhaini on the viola as well as a female Omani musician Ilham Salim Al Toqi on the violin.
Ustad Shujaat Khan was felicitated at the concert and inducted into the Global Fusion – Hall of Fame for his contribution to Global Fusion as well as to world music. Every year since 2007, Sarasin Alpen and Alpen Capital have honoured an artiste who has contribution to the evolution of the Global Fusion concerts. Speaking at the occasion, Ustad Shujaat Khan thanked the organizations and their management for giving him this opportunity to perform with other renowned musicians. Some of the world renowned artistes who were previously honoured by this recognition include Vikku Vinayakram, George Brooks, Charbel Rouhana and Dr L Subramaniam.
Rohit Walia, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Sarasin Alpen and Alpen Capital, “We are amazed at the response we receive for the Global Fusion event. We are glad that our attempt to bring something new and different to our clients proved to be successful and the concert was enjoyed by one and all.”
Atul Rao, Senior Executive Officer, Sarasin Alpen LLC, Oman, “We are glad that our attempt to showcase the talents of local Omani musicians and provide them with a platform to perform with international musicians was appreciated by the audience. We will continue our efforts to provide such opportunities to up and coming local musicians for our future concerts as well.”
The Oman Operations of Sarasin Alpen and Alpen Capital started in 2008. While Sarasin Alpen provides a complete range of private banking advisory services and is the first Swiss origin private banking advisory presence and activity in Oman, Alpen Capital offers investment banking advisory services on debt, equity and mergers & acquisitions. Both organizations, regulated by the Capital Markets Authority, Oman, complement each other by providing value added services. In addition to Oman, Sarasin Alpen and Alpen Capital have a presence in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and India.
About the artists:
Ustad Shujaat Khan – The world famous Sitar player who is regarded as one of the greatest North Indian musicians of his generation.
Saleh Hadid Al Mukhaini – One of the best viola players from the Royal Oman symphony Orchestra.
Ilham Salim Al Toqi – One of the leading female Omani musicians. She has led the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra.
Rahim Al Haj - Known as one of the greatest Oudh players, Rahim has won many accolades including two Grammy nominations.
Yogesh Samsi – Famous tabla player from India.
Manjari Chaturvedi – A trained Kathak Dancer who has digressed from her traditional & classical roots to dance to the strains of Sufi music.
Taufiq Qureshi – An ace percussionist and acclaimed composer from India.
Patrick Possey – A renowned Saxophonist from the USA.
Firas Shahrstan – A renowned Qanun player from Syria.
Michael Glenn – A talented musician from the USA on the bass.