Buttery and Narahari at the Hexagon

Guy Buttery and Kanada Narahari

India-South Africa collaboration

A meeting of very distinct creative minds united by their mutual curiosity in each other’s musical worlds, Guy Buttery and Kanada Narahari bring India, through music, even closer to its well established second home in South Africa.

The fusing of music from rich and varied musical backgrounds is rooted in Guy and Kanada’s progressive exploration of these worlds bridging the gap, as well as re-imagining the realms between Africa and India.

Dr Kanada Narahari was born in a small village along the Western Ghats in Karnataka, India. When just 9, Kanada enrolled to study Carnatic classical vocal and began to develop an interest in Hindustani Classical music with a particular passion for the sitar.

In his early 20s Kanada found solace at the feet of his mentor and teacher, Pandit Sanjeev Korthi. As his musical journey evolved, Narahari qualified as an Ayurvedic Doctor with a degree in BAMS. This allowed him to experiment with the healing properties of Classical music which he infused into his therapeutic practice.

Today, Kanada is widely regarded as a prominent music therapist and has evolved into a highly accomplished sitar player performing throughout India, Nepal and South Africa.

“Guy Buttery is something of a national treasure”, says leading morning newspaper The Mercury. As an internationally recognised musician, this multi-instrumentalist enjoys invitations to play sell-out performances all over the globe. However, to simply label Guy Buttery as a South African musical phenomenon would be an injustice. His international role has evolved into one as an ambassador for South African music, inspiring people across the world with his homegrown.

In 2018, Guy was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. In almost four decades of honouring SA artists, this was the first time since its inception that the award was presented to a musician outside of the classical realm.

Together, Narahari and Buttery present a newfound gathering of these worlds, creating something uniquely their own while simultaneously drawing from their respective traditions. Expect high dynamics, delicate African-Indian inflections and virtuoso string playing.

Event info:

Guy Buttery and Kanada Narahari
Venue: Hexagon Theatre Dive, UKZN, Pmb
Date: Friday, April 20, 7 for 7.30pm
Picnic evening – bring food but no drinks, as there is a cash bar.
Tables seat 10, but bookings can be for less.
Cost: Tickets R125
Bookings: hexagon@ukzn.ac.za