India Meets Ireland

February 2024


India Meets Ireland tours New Zealand in February 2024 with Arts on Tour NZ and is a unique fusion of Indian classical music with contemporary and traditional Irish music. This joyful collaboration will feature Indian ragas with tabla master Basant Madhur and his daughter Sargam, and music from the Irish tradition with internationally acclaimed musician Jon Sanders and his daughter Jenny Os.

The show will be in two halves with a format for each which showcases either Indian or Irish music and then blends into a fusion of rhythm and melody.

Both the Indian and Irish cultures share a tradition of families making music together and it is a thrill to both Basant and Jon to be taking part in this Arts on Tour NZ national tour with their daughters.

Basant Madhur and his daughter Sargam play tablas and sitars in the North Indian style and come from a renowned musical family that established NZ’s premier Indian music school in Blockhouse Bay, Auckland in 2006, teaching over 500 students to date.

Jon Sanders and his daughter Jenny herald from Dingle, co Kerry, Ireland and will be using bouzouki, guitar, and vocals to blend the flavours of music and song from the wild Irish west coast with contemporary compositions in a unique way.

India Meets Ireland showcases the colourful contrasts and musical magic created by these two cultures through their ragas and reels and reveals that there is more than a little common ground between them!


Basant Madhur
Tabla master Basant is director of the Indian School of Music in Auckland and has won numerous numerous awards in India and accompanied international legends such Grammy winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Ry Cooder), flautists Ronu Majumdar (Ravi Shankar) and Rakesh Chaurasia, alto saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath, and mridangam master Patri Satish Kumar. He has also collaborated with Western musicians in fusion music.

Jon Sanders
Bassouki player and guitarist, his music has a flavour of Arabic, Celtic, funk, soul and gypsy jazz cultures. The quantum leaping music of Jon Sanders has circumnavigated the globe many times over the last 25 years, entertaining thousands of listeners along the way. His compositions for drop D guitar, bouzouki and ukelele have been covered by bands and used in film, television and radio and he has performed in an impressive number of bands in the modern acoustic scene.

Jenny Os
Jenny OS is an Irish singer/songwriter who grew up surrounded by musical culture including traditional Irish music.

Sargam Madhur
Sargam is the daughter of Basant, also part of the Whau Community orchestra and the Sargam School of Music and will be playing sitar.

This is a unique combination of father daughter from two exceptional musical traditions.


Thursday 1 February 7.00pm Putaruru
The Plaza Theatre
$15, Tickets: The Plaza

Friday 2 February 7.00pm Whakatane
Church of St John and St George
Adults $30 & Students $5, Tickets: Book at The Good Tonic or online, see W:

Saturday 3 February 8.00pm Upper Hutt
Whirinaki Whare Taonga
$20, Tickets: Book at Whirinaki

Monday 5 February 7.30pm Reefton
Reefton Club
Adults $25, Students under 16 $15, Tickets: Door Sales or Phone (03)7328542

Tuesday 6 February 7.30pm Granity
The Lyric Theatre,
$25, Tickets: Buller REAP pre sales / door sales cash only

Wednesday 7 February 7.30pm Hokitika
Old Lodge Theatre – 11 Revell Street,
$25 (for children’s tickets contact 027 2459630), Tickets: Hokitika’s Regent Theatre

Saturday 10 February 7.30pm Cromwell
St Andrews Church, 43 Blyth St,
Tickets: Book at artscentral

Sunday 11 February 4.00pm Arrowtown
Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall
$25, Tickets: Book at Humanitix

Tuesday 13 February 8.00pm Gore
Eastern Southland Gallery
General Admission $35 / Members $30 / Students $10, Tickets: Eastern Southland Gallery

Wednesday 14 February 6.00pm Invercargill
Te Rau O Te Huia / SIT Centre for Creative Industries
$30 per couple / $20 per person  Tickets: or cash door sales

Thursday 15 February 7.30pm Dunedin
Regent Theatre Clarkson Studio
Adult $45, Student/Concession $40, Child $35, Studio package for 4 including wine/snacks $200
Tickets: Book at The Regent Theatre

Friday 16 February 6.00pm Fairlie
EAT Café and Bar, Fairlie
$20, Tickets: Fairlie Resource Centre

Saturday 17 February 7.00pm Geraldine
Royal India Restaurant, Talbot Street
$60 includes 2 course set menu, Tickets: Louk Clothing (Cash Only) or Royal India Restaurant (Cash Only)

Tuesday 20 February 7.30pm Christchurch
Great Hall, Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre
$25, Tickets: Book at artscentre
Wednesday 21 February 7.30pm Kaikoura
The Mayfair Arts and Culture Centre, Kaikoura OpShop Auditorium
$35, Tickets: Book at The Mayfair

Thursday 22 February 7.30pm Picton
Picton Little Theatre
Tickets: Eventfinda or Summit Real Estate

Friday 23 February 7.30pm Motueka
Chanel Arts Centre Motueka
$25 adults, $5 schoolchildren, Tickets: Motueka floral studio (cash only)

Saturday 24 February 8.00pm Onekaka
The Mussel Inn, Onekaka
Tickets: Book at Under the Radar

Sunday 25 February 7.00pm Nelson
The Boathouse
$20, Tickets: Book at Humanitix