RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies rubbed shoulders with Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya – acclaimed ‘Guitar God of the Subcontinent’ at the Victorian Arts Centre after the lap slide guitar hero’s one-night-only show of Indian ragas on 16 July 2014 at the Fairfax Studio. Suzanne – who has curated numerous exhibitions in India – said Debashish’s playing was ‘bliss’.
Here is a live recording of beautiful Hindustani music from the Darbar Festival on Friday 20 September 2013, which showcases Debashish’s mesmerising mastery of slide guitar.
Suzanne was appointed to the Australia-India Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in 2004, serving as the Chair in 2009. She recently curated RMIT Gallery’s successful touring exhibition Kindness/Udarta Australia-India Cultural Exchange and Power Cloths of the Commonwealth, Australia’s cultural presence in the Commonwealth Games cultural program in Delhi in 2010. Suzanne visits India on average twice a year.